Making a baby shower gift takes a bit of time and creativity, but it's so worth it! If you choose a smaller project like a baby bib or pair of baby booties, you don't have to invest a huge amount of time or money; on the other hand, there are opportunities to invest substantial amounts of effort if you'd like to crochet a spectacular gift like a baby afghan or even a complete baby layette set. Whichever type of gift you choose, it's sure to be useful and appreciated by the recipients.
Organic cotton yarn makes up a significant part of my yarn stash. I really enjoy crocheting with it, and I've designed quite a few crochet patterns that utilize organic cotton. You can see a couple of them pictured here, and there are many more patterns on the page I linked.
Pictured Above: Nature's Choice Organic Cotton Yarn by Lion Brand. Photos © Michael & Amy Solovay.
The Free Crochet Pattern Is Available.
This baby afghan is crocheted in a glorious array of "girly" colors -- pinks, purple, and peach -- with even more colors, such as yellow, green and blue, thrown in for good measure.
I enjoyed crocheting this design; using different colors kept the process interesting for me. The pattern involves quite a bit of repetition; the same basic heart design and checkerboard design are repeated over and over again. If you choose to use different colors for each square, as I did, it's fun seeing how each one turns out. Of course, if you'd prefer an afghan that's a bit less busy, you could use the same colors to crochet each square. You can see an example of how that would look in the coral version of this pattern.
If I had to pick a favorite design theme, rainbows would be at the top of the list. There's something irresistible about all those pretty colors. If you enjoy crocheting with a rainbow of colors, check out these free rainbow-themed crochet patterns:
- Rainbow outlines granny square (pictured)
- Rainbow striped top for fashion dolls
- Rainbow potholders with color blends
- Double rainbow crocheted dishcloth
- More free rainbow patterns
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Earth Day is coming up next week. It's on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to be exact.
If you celebrate this holiday, you have some time left to get thinking about what you'll do for Earth Day this year. Maybe you've already given it some thought, but it's never too late to think of even more ideas.
We've posted some lovely free patterns you can use for dressing up your Earth Day table, or any holiday table for that matter. We invite you to check 'em out!
Pictured above, you see a place setting featuring this placemat made with organic cotton yarn, an environmentally friendly choice. The green color is an added bonus which ties in nicely with the overall "green" theme. The placemat is finished with a scalloped crochet lace edging and some woven yarn.
This project calls for upcycling some pull tabs and transforming them into these beautiful napkin rings, which are also pictured in the place setting above. You'll find the free instructions for these napkin rings right here on our website.
If you have napkins with stunning crocheted edgings, this is a great way to show 'em off. Bonus points if the napkins, or edgings, are green.
I am a sucker for pretty embellishments, and crocheted flowers give me a good excuse to pile 'em on. Colorful ribbons? Check. Lots of layers? You bet! Pretty buttons? Yes please!
I can't tell you how much time I spend fussing over my flowers, working out which colors and embellishments to use. It's a process I really enjoy.
If you need some ideas for how to embellish your crocheted flowers, I've created a couple of resources that will help:
- Ideas for Embellishing Crocheted Flowers -- On this page, you'll find an organized list of links taking you to various easy, simple and practical ideas for dressing up flowers you can use for a variety of purposes.
- Crochet Flower Pictures -- This is a photo gallery filled with pictures of beautiful crocheted flowers. But that isn't all; each flower in the gallery is one you can make for yourself, using our free crochet patterns and tutorials.
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Piles of projects have ends that are loose.
Their numbers, I'd like to reduce.
So I've learned to join as I go.
Although it is slow,
There's no longer any excuse.
I have been seeing infinity scarves everywhere this year. Seems like everyone is wearing these around. Have you noticed too? They've become an influential fashion trend around the world.
I could be mistaken in thinking this, but I have the impression that the trend started with knitters and crocheters, and then went totally mainstream. How exciting! It's interesting to speculate about how much influence we needlecrafters might have over the fashion industry.
So, have y'all jumped on this trend and embraced it? Or are you sitting this one out? Or have you "been there, done that, moved onto the next thing?" Just wondering! I'd love your comments, but if you don't feel like commenting, it's easy enough to just click a button in the poll below to give us a rough idea of where you stand.Thanks for your participation.
Embracing the Infinity Scarf:
For those of you who answered "I Love It" or "I Like It," I recommend the following resources:
For those who prefer a more classic, traditional style of scarf, I suggest visiting our main directory of free scarf patterns to see bunches of other choices.
Thanks for dropping by! I'm glad you visited today, and I really appreciate your interest.
- Find more ideas for embellishing crocheted flowers with pinbacks
- Get the free crochet pattern for the flower
- Discover more free flower patterns
- Visit our index of free charts and patterns for crochet
Photo © Amy Solovay
I've posted a list of free crocheted basket patterns you can find at various web sites around the Internet. Most of these basket patterns are everyday-type baskets that could be made in Easter-friendly colors -- or not, as you prefer.