Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello Sunshine! 20 crochet patterns full of sunny goodness...



Now that summer is in full swing and the long winter is well behind us, I can't get enough sunshine!  Here are 20 free crochet patterns that celebrate the brilliant sun...sun hats, little suns, motifs, appliques, coasters, and lots more!

Note: All pattern links and photos used with permission.  Click on the link below each photo to go directly to the written pattern.










































Happy crocheting to you!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

How to Make Bamboo Lace Wall Art


If you're looking for a simple and pretty way to decorate your space, here is a fun project to show off your handiwork!  I love the clean lines and simplicity of this piece.  Using easily found materials and a special motif, you can create a one of a kind piece of art.  

Here's what you'll need:

  • Crochet thread (thread shown is Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Crochet Thread)
  • Recommended hook size for your thread (I used a "B" hook for the motif shown)
  • Pretty paper(s) of your choice, handmade paper, watercolor paper, and origami papers are especially lovely when framed.
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Photo frame (frame shown is an inexpensive 5"X7" wood frame, choose the most appropriate size for your particular motif).  I chose a frame that you can hang or sit on a table...great if you're not sure where you want it to be placed right away.


How to Make Bamboo Lace Wall Art:
  • Begin by crocheting the Bamboo Lace Motif (follow the link to go directly to the written pattern)
  • If needed, block the motif...I was able to get mine nice and straight with sharper points when I blocked mine, watch the blocking video here:

  • Take apart the photo frame and clean the glass to remove dust (frames purchased at stores are usually pretty dusty)
  • Layer your papers as shown or experiment on your own...get creative!
  • Position everything as desired and adhere the layers with double sided tape.
  • Put the frame back together and flip it over to double check the front to make sure everything looks as it should.
  • You're ready to hang!
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern...Bamboo Lace Motif


Several of you lovelies have asked for the instructions to make the little motif I used in my blocking video (scroll down to view the video).  Consider it done!  This easy to crochet project as shown uses silky soft bamboo crochet thread and a small hook, but this pattern is easily adaptable to any kind of thread or yarn you'd like.

Materials:
  • Crochet thread (thread shown is Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Crochet Thread)
  • Recommended hook size for your thread (I used a "B" hook for the motif shown)
  • Tapestry/yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • Scissors


Sizing As Shown:
Note: Dimensions achieved using materials shown above, but different types of crochet thread and/or yarn will produce different results.

  • 3 Inches across (after blocking)



Instructions:

Note: Motif is worked in the round.  Some rounds are worked into the stitches, while other rounds are worked into the spaces.  Each round will indicate how to proceed.  Click here for a helpful tutorial for learning how to stitch into the spaces...

Foundation: Chain 6 and slip stitch into the chain farthest from your hook to form a ring.
Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as a dc), then work 11 dc into center of ring, join with a sl st to join round.
Round 2: Ch 3, then work a dc in the same space, *2 dc into the next space, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 3: Ch 3, then work a (dc, ch 1) into the first space, then *1 dc into next space, ch 1, then repeat from * to end of round.
Round 4: Ch 3, work a dc in the same space, then work *2 dc into the next space, then repeat from * to end of round.
Round 5: Ch 1, then work a sc in each space around the entire circle. Join with a slip stitch to close round.
Round 6: (note-this round is worked into the stitches vs. the spaces in previous rounds) ch 4, skip the next 2 stitches, then in the next stitch, sc and ch 4, skip 2 more stitches, and in the next stitch, sc and ch 4. Continue in this manner all around until you reach the end and join with a slip stitch.
Round 7: In the first large loop (ch 4 space from the previous round), work (3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc). Repeat this step in each loop (ch 4 space) all around. Join with a sl st and fasten off.


Finishing and Assembly:
Weave in all ends.  To get the points around the motif nice and sharp, you can block your piece as well.  Click below to watch a video on how I blocked this motif:



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Friday, June 20, 2014

Sharp Hook Giveaway on Fiber Flux!


The Sharp Crochet hook is a patent pending tool you'll definitely want to have.  I looks like a regular steel hook but with one difference...a sharp tip!  This allows you to crochet right into fabric, no need to pre-poke holes.  This is great for edgings and other fun applications!  The book shown in the photo above has a ton of ideas and projects too.

To learn more about the hook and see lots of cute ideas for its use, hop on over the their site here:

The Sharp Crochet Hook Site

***Congratulations to Terri F!!!  I have sent you an email so you can get all of your goodies.  Thank you to everyone entered, it was a lot of fun!***

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In addition, I've collected some of my favorite projects using the Sharp Crochet Hook to inspire you, check them out!

(Click on the link below each photo to go directly to the pattern)








Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Magnificent Motifs! 25 Free Crochet Patterns


Motifs are one of my favorite things about crochet.  The are great for using up scraps of yarn or experimenting with color combinations.  They are very versatile too...use them to construct blankets, garments, bags and anything else!  Here are several motifs that I've collected from the wonderful world of crochet, a little something for everyone.

Note: Click on the link below each photo to go directly to the full pattern.  All photos and links used with permission.



















































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