If you would like to crochet snowflake shapes like the ones pictured, check out our list of snowflake patterns. We've published a fantastic variety of snowflakes -- some easy, some a bit more challenging.
Easy Crocheted Snowflakes
- The pictured snowflake applique is an easy crochet pattern.
- You might also enjoy Erica Jackofsky's easy five-point snowflake applique.
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One of my favorite crochet techniques: making a symmetrical project that starts in the center, where the second half of the project is a mirror image of the first half. I love these!
But, I HATE the extra loose ends that result from this way of working. I also hate the break in the yarn in the center of the project, that you end up with when you work this way. It's probably really geeky and perfectionist-ic that I'm even concerned with these things -- but I can't help it. I get hung up on details, because I know that it's bunches of little details that make the difference between a stunning finished project, or a mediocre one.
So, when I started mulling over different ways to get over these hurdles, this is what I came up with. It's a technique I mentioned in passing in a couple of my newer patterns, such as the lacy treble shell dishcloth pattern (pictured above.) We now have a brand new tutorial, with pictures, showing you the technique in better detail. I hope you'll find these insights helpful, or at least interesting.
If you need help, or you have questions, or if you just want to chat about crochet, you're invited to join us in the crochet forum. This offer is open to crocheters of all skill levels, from total beginners to experts. You're welcome to drop by any time.
This question arrived by email:
Could you send me some instructions on how to shell stitch, I would love to learn how to do it.
Thank-you very much
Great question, Marilyn!
There are quite a few different ways to crochet shell stitches. Here are links to instructions and free patterns for a variety of shell stitches. I hope you will enjoy them.
For ladies who celebrate Christmas, this cheerful scarf could be a fantastic addition to your wardrobe.
For those of you who don't celebrate Christmas -- and also for those of you who do -- a quick color change would transform it into an everyday design you could wear any time. You might prefer to crochet it in colors that match a favorite outfit, or a favorite sports team's colors. There are many possibilities. I crocheted a couple of other versions in different holiday-themed colors.
The free crochet pattern is available here on our website, along with many other similar and not-so-similar patterns that might also be of interest. I invite you to browse through our pattern library to find a variety of different options for future crochet projects you'll enjoy.
Do you have a project, or perhaps an ordinary store-bought item, that's in need of a lovely edging? Here's a quick rundown of some of my favorite edging patterns -- with links to even more free patterns if for some reason these aren't exactly what you're looking for.
Easy Crochet Afghan Edging: This edging looks great on a wide variety of different afghans. It's one of my favorites for using on guys' afghans, baby afghans for little boys, or colorful, "busy" afghans (like crochet quilts.)
This is one of the easiest edgings ever. It's so easy that many of you won't even need the pattern, but I do hope it'll come in handy for those of you who are brand new to crochet.
Hand Towel Edging Pattern: (Pictured at above right.) This is one of my favorite patterns for edging hand towels.
Lacy Vs and Picots Edging: This is another one of my favorite edging patterns. I love it on afghans and baby blankets. I have another variation of it that I used on a dishcloth. There are many other possibilities for using and adapting it.
How to Crochet Borders for Blankets: If you need edging patterns that have instructions for crocheting the corners, this page is just what you need. The page includes a list of free crochet blanket border patterns (which can also be used around other square / rectangular pieces.) You also get helpful instructions for how to approach the task of crocheting around a blanket or afghan.
More Free Crochet Edging Patterns: This link takes you to our archive of free edging patterns. There are bunches of other edgings posted and I think you'll be able to find edgings to suit just about any project you want to make.
The single crochet stitch is one of the first stitches that beginning crocheters learn how to do. As soon as you've learned the chain stitch and the single crochet stitch, believe it or not, you can jump into crocheting some fun projects.
Sure, you'll eventually want to learn how to do more crochet stitches, but in the meanwhile you just need the basics to crochet most of the easy single crochet patterns on this list. I hope you'll enjoy them.
If you only have a little bit of scrap yarn, that's OK, you can still put this pattern to good use. You could use the squares to create a pillow or smaller project. Or, you could combine scrap yarn with purchased yarn to make your afghan.
Or, you could make just a square or two, and donate the squares to charity. Here are some suggestions for that:
This fun snowman project is Christmas-appropriate, but you won't have to put it away when December is over with. I made my sample project with dollar store craft supplies; it's a cute decorating idea that doesn't cost much to put together.
More Snowman Patterns and Craft Ideas
Check out more free snowman patterns and craft ideas. You'll find a wide variety of different crochet patterns and craft instructions for making your own snowmen -- without getting cold!