Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ribbed Headband/Ear Warmer - Free Crochet Pattern

Ever since making the granny stripe headband, I've been wearing them every time I leave the house! My hair is almost always up in a bun, so I don't usually wear hats. Therefore these headbands that double as earwarmers are perfect for me. I hope there are others out there like me!

My only problem with the granny stripe headband is, although it keeps my head sufficiently warm, it does have holes in it. I foresee this being a problem in the future, so I decided to whip up something a little more warm and cozy.

This headband (like most of my patterns) is fully customizable to you. You decide how wide you want it, how big (or small!) to make it, and of course, whatever pretty color you want on it also! Add a flower or other embellishment, or leave it as is. Its completely up to you!

This headband uses a few 'fancy' stitches if you're a beginner. But don't be intimidated just yet! I've included some video tutorials so you can really get the hang of it. Once you learn them, you can make all kinds of advanced looking goodies! (seriously though, isn't it fun to impress your family and friends?!)

Ribbed Headband/Ear Warmer Pattern

I Hook (5.5mm) 
Worsted Weight Yarn

Special Stitches (click on the link for a video tutorial!)

FSC 47 (or adjust to fit comfortably around your head)
CH 1, turn. SC down each FSC. Join to your first SC to make a round.
CH 3, DC in each stitch around. Slip stitch to CH 3 to complete the round.
CH 3, *FPDC in post of next DC in previous row. DC in next st.* Repeat around. End with a FPDC, and slip stitch into the ch 3 to complete the round.
Repeat the previous row until your headband is as wide as you like.
Ch 1, SC in each stitch around. Slip stitch to complete the round.
Repeat previous row once more. 
Finish off and weave in ends.

I hope you enjoy the end result as much as I do! Try experimenting with different a different sized hook or a different yarn weight. I'd love to see what you come up with!

Quick and Easy Pop of Color Headband - Free Pattern!

Ever wish you could quickly and easily add a pop of color to your outfit?

 Have some bright colored yarn scraps that need a purpose?

Then I have the pattern for you! I made this headband in less than 5 minutes, and after making a few of these, you can too! It really is that easy. I promise!

What you need:
A small amount of worsted weight yarn
Size I hook

Pop Of Color Headband Free Pattern

Make a chain just long enough to wrap around your head where you would like the headband to sit. Slip stitch into the first chain to make a loop.
Ch 2, HDC in each ch around. Slip stitch to first HDC and fasten off. 

Weave in your ends and that's it! No, really! I'm enjoying making them in a bunch of different colors so I can just grab a color that coordinates with my outfit and run out the door! 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Market Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

Hello my fellow hookers!! 

Today I have for you this very simple, sturdy market bag, which is perfect for those spring, summer, and fall trips to the farmers market! I always enjoy picking out fresh, seasonal produce to later make into healthy meals for myself and my family. So why not have a light, breathable bag to carry all my goodies?!

If you know how to single crochet and chain, you can easily make this! But watch out, soon your friends and family will want one too!

Market Bag Pattern

6 MM (Size J) Hook
2-3 Skeins of Lily Sugar and Creme Cotton Yarn

Notes: After the beginning chain, you will single crochet along both sides of the chain, creating a round. Beginning at row 6, you will work in rounds, without joining. Place a stitch marker in that spot to remember where you started. The handles are worked separately then sewn onto the bag. If you have any 
questions please feel free to ask!

Chain 31

Round 1: SC in second chain from hook, and each ch across (30 SC). make 3 SC in the last ch, and continue to SC around the opposite side of the chain. Make 2 SC in last st and sl st to first SC to complete the round.
Round 2: Ch 1, SC in each st around. sl st to first sc. 
Round 3: Repeat round 2
Round 4: *Ch 6, skip 2 st, slip stitch into next st.* Repeat around.

Round 5: At the end of round 4, instead of sl st into the next st, you will sl st into the first chain 6 sp. ch 6 and continue to sl st into the next ch 6 space.
Continue doing this until your bag is the length you desire. Keep in mind, as the bag gets filled it will stretch (this is why i use cotton yarn, less stretch). 

Finishing round: Ch 1, SC 5 times in each chain space. Slip stitch to beginning chain to complete the round. Repeat once more.

Straps (Make Two)

Chain 5
SC into 2nd chain from hook, and next 3 chains.
Ch 1, turn, SC in same sp as ch and next 3 stitches.
Repeat previous round until your strap is as long as you like (just make sure they're the same length!)
Using a yarn needle, sew the straps onto your bag. 

I love my bag and I hope you guys do too!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Craft Space Revamp!

In case you haven't heard, I'm not the neatest person in the world. So my craft space is ALWAYS messy. Everything has an order.. To me.. But I was sick of having to untangle yarn and search for the right hook I needed. So I decided it was time to revamp my space, and try and make it as user friendly as possible! 

Thanks to some Pinterest inspiration I was able to easily and affordably create this little nook in my basement for my yarn and crochet work. I still have a long way to go, but wanted to share a little peek of what I've done so far!

First thing I did was find this over the door shoe organizer at Target on clearance. The pockets are the perfect size for a full skein of yarn, and it holds them perfectly, ready for use! This might have been the best thing I've ever done. You could even hang it in your closet! :O
Then I bought some command hooks and made a sort of clothes line. This displays all my recently finished works and some of my favorite pieces. It helps me keep my motivation on days I don't feel productive. It also helps remind me of what I need to work on!

Then I used some baskets from the dollar store (my favorite place to shop!) and some collapsible storage cubes I had lying around and made a space for extra yarn. The baskets hold my WIP's, helping me to only keep 3 projects going at once (even though I usually have more anyway).

Then I found these metal buckets at Target for $1 each. I grabbed a few and used some of my extra command hooks to hang the buckets above my desk. I originally kept all my hooks, needles, and misc items in a coffee cup on my desk and a little dish, now they're easily accessible, and I still have desk space!
To help keep all my papers and magazines in one place, I grabbed this magazine holder from Big Lots for $2. It's way less intimidating than having a ton of papers stacked on my desk!

The last thing I did was organize the rest of my 'stash'. I'm guilty of getting halfway through something, or even finishing something, and just throwing it in a pile. If anyone wants a bunch of miscellaneous unfinished projects let me know! I've been saving it as scrap yarn, hoping I'll have time to do something with it one day (yeah right!).

So that's what I've accomplished so far. I really hope to get some more organization going on, but for now, this is great for me! If you don't already have a designated space for your crafts, find one! I started with this tiny desk in my basement, and it (embarrassingly) has evolved into my own little yarn sanctuary!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Ideas

Whether you want to admit it or not, Christmas is right around the corner. And for us crafters, that means lots of opportunity for gift making! My favorite thing to do since starting to crochet is make things for family and friends. My Christmas gift list just keeps getting longer, and so I've decided to put all of the patterns I am using for various gifts here!

Most of these patterns will be fairly quick to finish (less than 2-3 hours), so I can make lots of multiples in lots of different colors for everyone! Things for men, women, kids, it's all here. As the weeks get closer to Christmas I'll be adding any extra patterns I find, so be sure to bookmark it and come check back!

Christmas Gift Crochet Patterns

For the ladies:

For the men:
For the kids:

 I hope you enjoy! 
Happy Hooking Everyone (: