St Patrick's Day is coming up next week. It's on Monday, March 17, 2014 to be exact.
If you celebrate this holiday, you have some time left to get thinking about what you'll serve, and what you'll use for your St. Patrick's Day table settings this year.
We've posted some lovely free patterns you can use for dressing up your St. Patrick's Day table, or any holiday table for that matter. We invite you to check 'em out!
One of these napkin rings is also pictured in the place setting above. Get the free pattern 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.
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A crocheted pouch is endlessly useful to have around, especially if you add a lining to the inside of the pouch.
Want to try making a lined pouch? I've posted a checkered crochet pouch pattern you can use, along with a tutorial for how to sew a lining for a pouch or bag. You can use the lining instructions with most other rectangular pouch patterns that zip at the top.
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During the springtime, it can be tricky to get dressed in the morning; the temperatures might fluctuate drastically at any given time during the day.
Tip: wear layers. That way, you can take off a layer or two during the warmest hours, and put them back on when the temperature drops again.
A lightweight scarf is a great way to accessorize, especially on misty spring mornings. Might I recommend a crocheted scarf?
Below, I've listed three of my favorite go-to patterns for crocheting spring scarves. There are plenty of other crochet scarf patterns that would work for springtime wear, but these three are some of my favorites.
This mesh scarf is perfect for spring! It's a light and airy design that won't weigh you down. It does, however, add a bit of warmth, which you'll appreciate on chilly spring mornings and evenings.
This is an easy, beginner-friendly crochet project requiring only two of the basic crochet stitches. Anyone could make one of these scarves! I'm hoping the pattern will appeal to crocheters of all levels; even if you are far past the beginner stage, it is often nice to have an easy, no-brainer project to kick back and relax with. Also, this pattern is reasonably quick to crochet.I've posted several large pictures of this scarf design, which I invite you to look at if this sounds like a crochet project you might like to try for yourself.
Looking at this picture makes me smile; it reminds me of what my scarf used to look like when it was brand new, after I first crocheted it. I've worn mine so often that it's showing a lot of wear. It's probably time for me to crochet another one!
I'm a Californian, and the weather here allows me to wear this scarf year-around. For folks out there who experience more pronounced seasonal changes, I recommend this scarf for wearing in spring and / or fall.
If you're used to crocheting bulky, heavy scarves, this lacy scarf is a nice change of pace. This is a lightweight design crocheted using size 3 crochet thread. It's airy and dainty -- perfect for spring and perhaps even summer time wear, depending on your local climate.
If you yawn at the mere mention of the word "dishcloth," I'm hoping I can convince you how very interesting crocheted dishcloths can be. If you enjoy learning new crochet stitches, dishcloths give you a good excuse to pick up a crochet hook and try out some new ones. You'll be hard-pressed to find a quicker crochet project, and dishcloths are also pretty affordable to make. Once you're finished making them, they're endlessly useful to have around the house.
If you haven't yet considered crocheting a dishcloth, I hope you'll give it a try.
Pictured here: my earthtone ombre dishcloth, which is part of a crocheted kitchen gift set including matching potholders. I've prettied it up with a bit of ribbon to give as a housewarming gift to a friend.
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This project combines quite a few of my favorite things -- colorful fabric, crochet, and sparkly glass pendants. I'm excited to share it with you! I've posted the free pattern and tutorial for making this necklace, plus another similar one, here on our website.
Have you ever tried rag crochet before? If so, these are going to be a piece o' cake for you. If not, and you'd like to give it a try, a necklace like this would be the perfect starter project. If you're gonna love the technique, great. But if you're gonna hate it, better to discover it on a quick project like this one rather than a project you'll spend a ton of time on, like a rag rug or something. If you like this idea, I hope you'll give the pattern a try.
Some of you might remember my beaded crochet necklace with dichroic glass pendant; while I'm on the topic of necklaces, I thought I'd mention that one too in case you haven't already seen it. It's been posted on our website for awhile, but I often get new emails about it -- people have told me that they love the pattern, and get compliments every time they wear their necklaces. It's one of my favorite patterns to use when I need a quick gift for a lady on my gift list.
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You might think of fair isle as being a knitter's technique, but did you know that you can create a crocheted version of fair isle too? Check out Fair Isle to Crochet, a classic crochet book by Karen Ratto-Whooley, published by Leisure Arts.
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I really enjoyed putting together this list of free pincushion patterns for you. Some of these patterns are cute and fun, some of them are objects of beauty, and all of them are useful to have around. If you need a new pincushion, I'm sure you'll find one you like somewhere on the list.
Pictured here: a pincushion I whipped up using fabric scraps and a few other supplies. This one's quick if you have a sewing machine on hand; the edging is crocheted, but it doesn't take long. If you'd like to make one of these, you can click here to get the free pincushion pattern.
I hope you'll take a moment to browse through the other patterns on the list as well; even if you don't need a new pincushion, there are quite a few really creative designs that are fun to check out.
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Even if you're brand new to crochet, and you don't own a single crochet pattern yet, I want you to know that you don't have to invest a lot of money buying patterns. We've posted a wide variety of free crochet patterns for beginners, plus easy crochet patterns, you are welcome to use. All of our crochet patterns, tutorials and resources are available for free -- no strings attached. No registration required. We hope you'll make good use of everything our website has to offer!
Updated: I just wanted to update this post to mention our brand new crochet email class called Learn to Crochet in One Week. It's one of two resources on our website that does require registration -- only because it's an email class, so we need your email address in order to send you the lessons.
The other resource that does require registration is our free email newsletter, which again, obviously, requires a valid email address in order to be deliverable. The newsletter is a fantastic resource for those of you who like our free patterns and tutorials, but would be prone to forgetting to check our website regularly to find them. We post new stuff every week, and our newsletter is the best way to make sure you'll never miss out on seeing what's new.
If you invest enough time in crochet to get good at it, you'll be richly rewarded in many ways. One of my favorites: crochet gives you a means for making many everyday items look much more special -- for cheap!
The hand towel you see pictured is one example of this. Would you have guessed that I bought this towel at the dollar store? I did! But it didn't look like this when I bought it. I took the plain dollar store towel and then added some crocheted trim along the lower edge to get the look that you see pictured.
For those of you on a tight budget, the dollar store is a great place to stock up on crochet supplies and craft supplies. You never know what you'll find; sometimes you can even find yarn for only a buck a ball!
I find that the dollar store is also a great place to get ideas for what I want to make next. I came up with the ideas for bunches of my projects when I was just looking around at different things for sale at the dollar store. The towel pictured here is one example, but I've posted a list of my dollar store projects here on our website:
I hope you'll find the list helpful and inspiring. And if you shop at the dollar store too, I hope you'll also find lots of worthwhile ideas and supplies there.
Whip stitch is a hand sewing technique that's popular with crocheters. If you're crocheting anything that utilizes seams, whip stitch is an easy way to sew them up and finish your project. It works particularly well for joining granny squares or crochet motifs together.Related Resources: