Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Awesome Autumn Afghans! 16 Free Crochet Patterns...


As the air gets crisp and the days get shorter, it's time to cozy up!  Whether you love to snuggle with a good book or your latest project, here are 16 gorgeous autumn blankets to celebrate the season.  If motifs are your thing, there are several to pick from.  Chevrons and stripes?  Some of these too.  There's even a lovely Tunisian crochet blanket, and be sure to check out the fall log cabin afghan too!  Happy cool weather crocheting!

Note:  Click on the link below each image to go directly to the free pattern.



Fall Colors Granny Blanket from Yarnspirations


































Cozy Man-Ghan from Kim Guzman/Yarnspirations



Cosy Striped Blanket from Attic24







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Friday, September 25, 2015

How To Crochet A Granny Triangle


Granny triangles are fun and easy and a great alternative to a classic granny square.  Have fun experimenting with different color combinations too!  Included is both a full photo tutorial and full video tutorial.  

Click below to watch the full video tutorial here:


I used cotton dishcloth yarn and a 5 mm crochet hook, but you can use any yarn...just check the label for the recommended hook size for your yarn.


Step 1: Make a slip knot on your hook.
Step 2: Chain 4 and join in the last chain from the hook with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Step 3: Chain 6
Step 4: Work 3 double crochet into the ring, then chain 3.
Step 5: Chain 3
Step 6: Work 3 dc into the center of the ring, then chain 3.
Step 7: Work 2 double crochet into the space where the round started (where the ch 6 was made at the beginning of the round).  Join to close round with a slip stitch in the third chain of the beginning chain of the round.  Note: The 6 chains at the beginning of the round--3 count as a dc, the other 3 count as the ch-3 space.
Step 8: Tie on a new color and chain 6.


Step 9: In the first space, work 3 double crochet, then chain 1.
Step 10: In the next space, work 3 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double crochet, then chain 1.
Step 11: Repeat the same for the next space.
Step 12: In the last space (same space where the round started) work two more double crochet, then join in the third chain with a slip stitch to close round.
Step 13: Tie on a new color and chain 6.  In the same space, work 3 double crochet, then chain 1.
Step 14: In the next space, work 3 dc, then chain 1.
Step 15: In the next space, work 3 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double crochet, then chain 1.
Step 16: In the next space, wok 3 double crochet, chain 1.


Step 17: Work the next triangle corner in the next space by working 3 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double crochet, then chain 1.
Step 18: Work the final side of the triangle, by working 3 double crochet, then chain 1.
Step 19: Finish the round by working 2 double crochet in the last space (where the round began), then join to close round with a slip stitch in the third chain.

To add more rounds to the triangle, see the information below.


You can keep adding rounds by working the triangle the same way as the previous round, the only thing that will change is that each side will have an extra double crochet cluster.  The corners of the triangle are always worked the same way.  In the photo above, the blue round has one dc cluster on each triangle side, and the green round has 2 of the dc clusters per triangle side.  If we were to add another round, each side would have three of the dc clusters.




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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern...Plum Skies Cowl!


The Plum Skies Cowl is a beautiful and cozy cowl that is fun to wear too!  Crocheted with a variety of basic stitches it is not only easy, but each round worked provides a little variety without being overly complicated.  The cowl is finished off with a matching drawstring and fabulous pom poms.

Plum Skies Cowl
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Materials:
  • 150 yards of super bulky yarn (I used Adriafil's Vesuvio, but any super bulky yarn will work nicely)
  • Scrap yarn for pom poms (you can use the same yarn as your cowl or a coordinating color like I did)
  • N (9.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle 
  • Scissors
Click below for full video tutorial:



Sizing:
  • 9 inches tall
  • 32 inch circumference

Tutorial Links:


Instructions:

Ch 54, join in the furthest ch from the hook with a sl st.

Round 1: Ch 1 and work a sc in each ch, join to close round with a sl st.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc).  Work a hdc in the next st and in each st.  Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as a dc).  Work a dc in the next st and in each st.  Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 4: Ch 4 (counts as a tr).  Work a tr in the next st and in each st.  Join to close round with a sl st.

Repeat rounds 1-4 until cowl is is tall as you would like it to be.  Note: the first time you work round 1 you'll work into the chains but each time after, you'll be working into the stitches of the previous round.  With the yarn and hook I used I was able to work rounds 1-4 twice, leaving me just enough to make the drawstring.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing & Assembly:

With remaining yarn, make a chain about 40 inches long.  Fasten off.  Make two pom poms (see tutorial link above if you need help) and tie onto each end of the drawstring.  Weave in any ends that remain.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How To Add Leather Handles To A Handmade Bag (The Easy Way!)


If you're looking for a unique handle for a handmade bag, here is an easy way you can add interest and texture to your project.  Leather can be very difficult to sew, so I made a little shortcut that only takes about 10 minutes or so!

I made mine with some faux suede cord (see links below for where to find this item), but you can use other items to source your handles, this is a wonderful opportunity to recycle and repurpose!  Here are a couple of ideas:

  • Belts
  • Purse handles
  • Old garments such as jackets
  • Shoe strings

You can also buy leather (and faux leather) in sheets at the craft store.  The suede cord comes wrapped around cards or on a spool.


Here's what you'll need:
  • A (handle-less) bag (to make the bag shown, click here)
  • Leather or suede (you can use faux varieties as well if you prefer), see above for ideas or where to get leather
  • Hot glue (fabric glue also works well, or you can sew it on with a very heavy needle and heavy thread too).  I chose hot glue because it dries very fast and makes it easier to tack the heavy leather down in place.
  • Scissors


Step 1: Cut leather to length you like.  If you are making braided handles like I did, it is helpful to tape down the strands while braiding.

Step 2: Place a drop of glue on the inside edge of the bag where you'd like for your handle to be.  Repeat for the other end.

Step 3: If you're adding a second handle, line it up with the first handle you've attached to ensure the two handles match.

Step 4: Let everything dry and cool completely before using.

Click below to watch a full video tutorial too!


Get materials for this project here!


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