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

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

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

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!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Toddler Weights and Spring Hats!

Hello again!!

I know, I know, I've been MIA for a very long time. I can assure you though it hasn't been by choice. I would MUCH rather be sitting and crocheting and blogging than running around doing what I've been doing the past few months. BUT that's life, and you've gotta learn to roll with the punches, right?!

Now that I'm into a new routine, I'm going to start making some more time for crochet and this blog. I hope you guys can bear with me!

I have had time to do a couple small projects over the past week, and I'll share them with you right now, along with the free patterns that you can use to make your own! It's not much, but its a small start to trying to build up my blog again. :)

I made this Toddler Weight Set (free pattern by Stitch 11 HERE) for Jude a few weeks ago, since he's been really into copying me while I exercise. Now he has his own little weights to play with! 

This beanie was made using the Emery Beanie FREE pattern by The Tiny Plum on Craftsy

It's not much, but that's what's been on my hook over the past week.. What about you?!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Braided Infinity Scarf - Pattern By Rookie Crafter

I stumbled across a picture of this braided infinity scarf on Pinterest (check out my crochet pattern board here!), and I was immediately intrigued by the idea. I couldn't wait to get my hook going and make one myself!

This is such a simple and easy design, as long as you can chain, double crochet, and braid, you're good! I made two scarves and am working on a third now. It's a great easy project to have on hand when you don't feel like focusing on a complicated pattern or stitch count.

I used 1 skein of Red Heart Soft yarn and an I hook. You can find the instructions on how to make your scarf at Rookie Crafters blog here.

Let me know what you think, and what colors you're going to make yours in! 

Happy Hookin' (:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WIP Wednesday: St. Patrick's Day Inspiration!

It's that time of year again. Spring is right around the corner, and everyone is on Pinterest pinning their ideas for spring cleaning and gardening. I actually opened my windows the other day! 

Here's what I have in progress this week. I've been focusing a lot on my blog lately (creating some awesome new content for you in the future!), so I only have one wip to share today. The pattern is by The Hook Hound on Etsy. It's a really easy to follow pattern with great results! 

I was inspired by this upcoming holiday to make this bold green and tan tote bag! I hope to have it finished by tomorrow but for the sake of this post, here it is! 

The handles will be all tan. Or would you rather it be green in the middle and lined with tan? Leave a comment!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Rasta Slouchy Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern

Happy Sunday everybody! I hope you are having a great weekend. I have a great slouch hat pattern to share with you today, and I'm so excited about it! This hat is so me. The colors, the stitch, the way it fits, I just love it. I love it so much I wrote down the pattern to share with you!

This awesome yarn had previously been used for something else, but I ended up not liking it and putting it down for another day. Two years later... it finally caught my eye on my 'wall of yarn' and I decided to make something fun and funky!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Comfy Cozy Slouchy Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern

Hey there hookers! 

Jude wanted in on my pictures (;

I'm back with another awesome free pattern!

Simple, comfortable, and quick to work up were all on my mind when coming up with this hat.