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A Rainbow of Different Crochet Patterns

Tuesday April 15, 2014

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:

Crochet Granny Square -- Rainbow Outlines Crocheted Granny Square Rainbow Outlines Granny Square - Photo Amy Solovay

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Setting the Table for Earth Day 2014

Monday April 14, 2014

Table Setting With Crochet Placemat and Napkin Ring

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!

Half Double Crochet Placemats -- Free Pattern

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.

Pull Tab Napkin Rings

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.

Best Napkin Fold for Crochet Enthusiasts

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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Dressing up Your Crocheted Flowers

Monday April 14, 2014

 Easy Layered Crochet Rose Embellished With a Floral Button - Photo © Amy Solovay

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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A Limerick in Celebration of Joining Crochet Motifs as You Go

Monday April 14, 2014

Seamless Crochet Book by Kristin Omdahl, Published by Interweave Press A Join-As-You-Go Motif Pattern From the Book Seamless Crochet by Kristin Omdahl, © Interweave Press. Crocheted and Photographed by Amy Solovay.

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.

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Infinity Scarves: Do You Love 'Em, or Hate 'Em?

Sunday April 13, 2014

Easy Infinity Scarf Pattern

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.

Crocheted Rock N Roll Flower With Pinback Center

Sunday April 13, 2014

Crocheted Flowers Decorated With Pinbacks

Photo © Amy Solovay

Free Crochet Easter Basket Patterns

Sunday April 13, 2014

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.

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Where to Find Directions for Crocheting Afghans

Saturday April 12, 2014

You Can Customize Your Own Crocheted Afghan With Our Free Pattern and Instructions You Can Customize Your Own Crocheted Afghan With Our Free Pattern and Instructions. Photo Amy Solovay

Emilia says,

"I want to learn how to crochet an afghan. Where can I find directions for this?"

Welcome Emilia! Thanks for your interest; I am glad you got in touch. There are several resources I'd like you to consider taking a look at. Here are some links:

  • How to crochet a blanket -- This guide gives you a brief overview of the process from start to finish, and includes links to more in-depth tutorials and patterns you can use for crocheting your own blankets and afghans.

  • Free crochet afghan patterns -- This is our main directory of afghan patterns.

  • Easy crochet afghan patterns -- If you're new to crocheting, this page is a great starting place; it includes links to all our easiest patterns for your consideration.

  • Free crochet granny square patterns -- Granny squares are small projects, but if you work many of them you can combine them to make a fabulous afghan.

  • Unexpected Afghans is a fantastic pattern book filled with interesting afghan and pillow patterns. It features some outstanding designs.

  • Fair Isle to Crochet is a pattern book featuring beautiful afghans recommended for intermediate-level crocheters.

  • How to crochet -- This page links you up to instructions for crocheting basic stitches and learning the basic techniques you'll need to know.

I hope you'll find these resources helpful, and that you'll find the perfect afghan pattern to get started on.

Crocheted Edging for a Baby Blanket

Saturday April 12, 2014

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Edging for Baby Blanket

Photo © Amy Solovay

Crochet Flower Tutorials

Saturday April 12, 2014

Flower Patterns Enjoy Our Free Flower Patterns - Photo Amy Solovay

If you haven't yet figured out how to design your own crocheted flowers, you may wish to check out our flower patterns. A pattern gives you quick and easy access to instructions for how to make a flower. Tutorials are even better, because you can see pictures of each step. The links below take you to our free flower patterns and tutorials for crocheting flowers.

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