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!!