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Monday, April 6, 2015

Going Headband Crazy! - Link to Free Pattern!

Hey there hookers!

I hope everyone is enjoying their spring! I know I am. I've been spending lots of time outside enjoying the weather, and even taking some trips to the beach!

I've also been enjoying making a few spring projects!
This one is just the beginning.


This headband is called the Thai Garden Headband (click on the name for the pattern).
 I spotted this pattern on Pinterest one day, and knew instantly that I had to try it. It looked simple and just perfect for the spring time!

It only took me about an hour to work up, and the flowers were fairly quick to make also. It's the perfect project to make if you need a quick gift, or want to make out like a bandit at craft fairs this season! 


I used Loops & Threads - Woolike Simili-Laine super fine yarn. This is my first time working with such lightweight yarn, but I liked it! I can't wait to make some more things with it for the spring and summer.



What other things do you think would be good to make with this yarn?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Is Here! Photography Adventures

Believe it or not, even with all the snow around, spring has arrived! I'm anxious for the nicer weather, especially because of all the snow we've gotten this year. Needless to say... I am OVER IT! 




One of my favorite things to do in the spring is photography. I love taking pictures and finding beauty in ordinary life. I find old, vintage, and weird things most attractive. I enjoy looking at things from different vantage points as well; high up, down below, super close, or really far away. I like to make things as interesting as possible when taking photographs.


I have recently moved to a new area, and luckily am within walking distance of a lot of local businesses, as well as the beach! I've never lived this close to the ocean before, and I've been anxious to get a look and take some pictures! 




I used Picasa to edit these pictures. They were all taken with my iPhone, since my camera is still back in my old town. Still, I love the way these came out, and it was so nice to sit and relax at the beach for a while!



Lately I've been going through a rough patch, and had taken a break from blogging for a few months so that I can focus on myself and get back to where I needed to be mentally. Now that I'm feeling better, I'm more excited than ever to bring you guys some great crochet patterns, and maybe some other things too! This is the happiest I've ever been, and I'm really enjoying my new life. 




Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Flowers! - Free Crochet Pattern Links

Hey there! 

It's been such a long time since I've shared anything on here, and I'm very sorry for that. The good news is that I'm back, and have a LOT of great new things to share! The first is this awesome flower headband. 



The weather is getting nicer, the birds are starting to chirp, and even though it snowed 2 days ago, I can tell that spring is on its way! 

In honor of spring and the nice weather, I found a couple new patterns on Pinterest to try out and play with. The first free pattern had caught my eye MONTHS ago, and I just got around to trying it out. 

After making a handful of these in some fun colors (purple, turquoise, and yellow) my first thought was to make a blanket out of them like I'd seen on Pinterest originally. But then I thought about how adorable these little flowers were individually, and decided to make a headband to put them on. 



Let's be honest, I don't think my attention span is big enough to make hundreds of these flowers to make a blanket. I needed something a little smaller to accomplish.

The headband is by Cotton Gin Studios, and its called the Textured Headband.
I wanted something simple, not too flashy, and without a button closure (because I'm out of buttons at the moment, no other reason! ha)



The end result was this insanely adorable headband that's so comfy, and perfect for spring! 


Stay tuned for some more awesome free patterns! And make sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest and keep up with the latest patterns I find! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Perfect Purple Slouchy Hat - Free Pattern

Hey there hookers! ;)

It's almost Thanksgiving! And that means it's time for me to start thinking about Christmas gifts for family and friends, and how I can get them all done in time! I came up with this quick and easy pattern for an open stitch slouchy hat, and I know a handful of people on my gift list that would love one (or more!).

The hat is made using bulky weight yarn, so although it has an open look, it's actually very warm on your head. It could also be worn indoors for quick trips in and out of stores!


I hope you enjoy this free pattern, and share it with your friends!
As always, if you have any questions or comments, leave them below! I love hearing from my readers :)



Materials: 

N Hook
1 Skein Bulky Weight (5) yarn

Abbreviations:

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
st - stitch
ch sp - chain space
sl st - slip stitch


Round 1: Make a magic circle, ch 2(does not count as first dc here and throughout), make 10 dc in magic circle, sl st to first dc.
Round 2: ch 5(counts as 1 dc and 2 ch), dc into NEXT st, *ch 2, dc into next st* repeat around, sl st to 3rd ch to join.
Round 3: sl st to first ch space, ch 5, dc into same sp, *ch 2, dc into next ch sp, ch 2, dc into next ch sp, ch 2, dc into same ch sp* Repeat ** around, sl st to 3rd ch to join.
Round 4: sl st to first ch sp, ch 5, dc into same sp, *ch 2, dc into next ch sp, ch 2, dc into next ch sp, ch 2, dc into next ch sp, ch 2, dc into same ch sp* Repeat around, sl st to 3rd ch to join.
Round 5-11: sl st to first ch sp, ch 5, dc into next ch sp, *ch 2, dc into next ch sp* Repeat around. Sl st to 3rd ch to join.
Round 12: ch 1, sc in same st, *1 sc in ch sp, 1 sc in next st* repeat around, sl st to first sc to join.
Round 13-15: ch 1, sc in each st around. sl st to first sc to join.
Finish off and weave in your ends. 




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Slightly Slouchy Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern by The Hippy Hooker!

Hello Hookers!!

I realize it's been a long time since sharing anything, and I'm so sorry for that! This year has been tough on me to say the least, but it's finally crochet season again and that means my hook is on the move constantly!

I've never really been into making a lot of hats. If you've noticed, most of my patterns are bags, gloves, ear warmers, and cozies. I've been instantly drawn to those things from the start, and I've always had a difficult time making hats.

I'm glad to say I've moved way past my 'hat hating' phase, and have come up with some great simple free patterns for you all!! I have long hair now, and I love the way it looks when I have an adorable beanie to show off.

So here it is, a super simple, slightly slouchy crocheted beanie. I hope you enjoy! As always, any questions or comments can be left if you need any help or enjoyed the pattern so much you'd like to see more like it!



Materials: 

J Hook
1 Skein Worsted Weight Yarn

Stitch Abbreviations:

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch


Round 1: Make a magic circle, ch 2(does NOT count as first dc, here and throughout), make 10 dc in the magic circle. sl st to first dc to complete the round.
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around. sl st to first dc to complete the round.
Round 3: ch 2, 1 dc in first st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st* Repeat ** around. sl st to first dc to complete the round.
Round 4: ch 2, 1 dc in first st and next st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 st* Repeat ** around. sl st to first dc to complete the round.
Round 5: ch 2, 1 dc in first st and next 2 st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 st* Repeat ** around. sl st to first dc to complete the round.
Round 6: ch 2, 1 dc in first st and next 5 st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 6 st* Repeat ** around. sl st to first dc to complete the round.
Round 7-13: ch 2, 1 dc in first st and each st around. sl st to first dc to complete the round.
Round 14-16: ch 1, 1 sc in first st and each st around. sl st to first dc to complete the round.

Finish off, weave in the ends, and enjoy your new hat! :D


Friday, July 18, 2014

Super Simple Back To School Tote

Anyone who's spent some time on my blog knows I'm more than obsessed with bags. Especially tote bags. I have a ridiculous amount of crochet bags, in fact the first pattern I ever made was for a tote bag here

Since it's been a while that I've came out with a pattern, I decided to make something simple and easy. If you can single and double crochet, you can easily whip up this bag in a day or two.

I hope you enjoy! 



Back To School Tote




Materials
H hook
2 skeins of worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)

Color A: Grey
Color B: Turquoise

Stitch Guide (US terms)Ch - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
sk - Skip
st - Stitch

Notes
Chain 2 does NOT count as a stitch. Same goes with chain 1 at the beginning of each round. 

Pattern
With color A, Ch 42
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across. When you reach the end, turn your work and begin working DC down the opposite end of the chain. Slip stitch to your first DC to complete the round.
Row 2: ch 2 (does not count as dc), dc in same st and each st around. SL st to join. 
Row 3: change to color B. ch 1, sc in same st, dc in same st, sk next st,* sc and dc in next st, sk next st, *repeat around. SL st to join
Row 4: ch 1, *sc and dc in same st, sk next st* repeat ** around. SL st to join
Row 5-6: Repeat row 4
Row 7-8: With color A. Repeat row 2
Row 9-12: With color B. Repeat row 4
Row 13-14: With color A. Repeat row 2
Row 15-18: With color B. Repeat row 4
Row 19-20: With color A. Repeat row 2
Row 21-24: With color B. Repeat row 4
Row 25-26: With color A. Repeat row 2
Row 27-30: With color B. Repeat row 4
Row 30: With color A. Repeat row 2
Row 31: Ch 1, sc in same st and each st around, sl st to join.
Row 40: sl st into the next 3 st. ch 1, sc in same st, and next 22 st, ch 70, sk 17 st, sc into next st and next 22 st, ch 70, sl st into first sc.
Row 41: ch 1, sc into each st across, when you get to the handle, sc into each ch. sl st to complete the round.
Row 42: With color B. ch 1, sc in same st and each st around, sl st to join.
Row 43: With color A. ch 1, sc in same st and each st around, sl st and finish off. 


Happy Hooking!
If you have any questions or problems please leave a comment below and I'll try and help you out as best I can!





Sunday, July 13, 2014

7 Free Crochet Patterns for Summer!



It's been a very busy life for me lately, and thats left little time for this blog, but I really hope to change that soon. I've been crocheting when I can, but it's not nearly as much as I want to unfortunately :(

I've been dealing with a LOT of stress the past few months, and so I've decided to take a step back and remind myself of why I began crocheting in the first place, to DE STRESS! 

These next few patterns are from some amazing crochet designers and I hope to make all of these in the next few months. I just need a little push, and thought I would give you all some inspiration as well! 



What hippy wouldn't love this granny square? The color combinations are endless! I'd love to see a bag or blanket made out of these. Get the free pattern by Petals to Picots HERE.


Crochet in the summer can be limited, but it doesn't have to be with this super adorable baby flip flop pattern!! Multiple sizes, and endless color combinations make these perfect for little girls or boys! Whistle & Ivy nailed it with this free pattern. Grab it here!


This chevron market bag is perfect for the beach, a trip to the farmers market, or just an every day carry all. Use cotton yarn for no stretching and enjoy all the colorful options you could use to make this adorable and useful bag! Get the free pattern by Cre8tion Crochet here!


These baby sandals by String with Style are SO adorable! You can whip these up in a snap and they can make any outfit pop with color. Get the free pattern here!


Here's another barefoot sandal pattern, this time for the ladies!! These Granny Gladiator Barefoot Sandals are so cool! You could even just stop them at the ankle and make them regular barefoot sandals. I'm a little obsessed with both granny's and barefoot sandals, so I think I'll be making these ASAP. The free pattern is available at Simply Collectible's blog here


I'm a bag fanatic, and Moogly never disappoints when it comes to making awesome and colorful bags. This Manchester Handbag and matching Sunglasses Case are perfect for any road trip or even a trip to the store! Enjoy the free pattern here! 


And last but not least, I've been dying to decorate my car with my awesome crochet skills, and now I finally can! Thanks to Corina from Stitch11, she created this awesome free steering wheel cover pattern! I can't wait to make one myself. Free pattern here, with a link to a console cover as well!


I hope you enjoy all of these awesome patterns! Let me know which ones you liked best. I really look forward to making everything on this list, and can't wait to post pictures when I do! 

Happy Hooking!!