Summer has been busy! I thought it might be a slow time for the blog, but I continually heap stuff onto my own plate (why do I do that?!). At the beginning of the year, I thought about planning a Crochet Christmas-in-July series, but didn’t get going on the designing until late spring. I planned to do 7 Christmas-themed projects over a week. I got almost totally done with the 6th project and decided to switch gears and focus on Christmas Gift Ideas. It seemed to make more sense since Holiday gifts seem to take the most time each year. Plus, now I have even more Christmas stuff to share in a few months. We will be busy this fall and winter ;)
Learn how to make this adorable southwestern-style crochet serape lovey, featuring a cute crochet coyote on top! The pattern is worked with Red Heart Baby Hugs, a soft, squishy yarn designed specifically for babies. Also included is a full video tutorial and a FREE crochet pattern PDF download, courtesy of Red Heart, who has graciously sponsored this post. The post also contains affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you make a purchase. Thanks for your support!
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This week is Etsy’s 13th birthday! If you are new to Etsy, it’s an online marketplace for handmade and vintage items. If you are not new, then you know its home to thousands of indie crochet pattern shops! There are so many shops that I adore. As I scoured through the thousands of crochet patterns that have been discounted for Etsy’s 13th birthday sales event, I decided to put my favorites in a list and share with you. I hope you find something here that you love!
Etsy’s 13th Birthday Party Sale
I decided to organize the patterns into percentages, starting with 20% and going up to 50%. Browse through my favorites, you can you browse through over 25o pages of sale patterns here.
Crochet Pattern 20 – 25% off
The Almond Snug – 20% off any two patterns – Tropic Summer Top – Posh Patterns – 25% off 4 patterns – Spring Flower Hat – Safari Animals Pattern Pack – Airali – 20% off any 3 patterns – Flip-Flop Crochet Oxfords – Bubbles the Turtle Security Blanket – Color and Shape Design – 20% off 4 patterns
Crochet Patterns 30% off
Crochet Patterns 40%
Crochet Patterns 50% off
Enjoy your shopping!
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In blogger land, it’s time to start working on Christmas and fall (crazy, right?). I have some super fun things planned. I think this will be the best crochet season yet! In between the massive design-fest, I am using extra time to go through old patterns and refresh them a bit. I design this crochet iPad pouch last spring, and oh! it did not turn out the way I wanted. But I had spent so much time I couldn’t bring myself to abandon it. I pushed the Publish button with reckless abandon. I finally found myself ready to redo the pattern for the crochet iPad pouch this week, and man-o-man, the updated version is much, much prettier!
The pattern for this crochet iPad pouch is more of a guide. I wanted to give you basic directions so you could make it fit whatever device you own. You could make this pouch for your phone, tablet or laptop! My iPad mini is in the photo.
What have you been working on this summer? I have been focusing on light and fast projects, and brainstorming Christmas and Fall (yes, it’s time to start thinking about it!). This boho crochet headband was a pattern I designed four years ago, and it was always a design I liked, but the delivery and pattern design were seriously lacking (if you don’t remember, it had a large button on the back and was worked rather funky with unattached chains). The pattern was confusing but since it was 4 years ago, I wasn’t sure how to make it better. I’m happy that I finally got around to fixing the pattern for this cute boho crochet headband this week! Not only is it easy, but it’s super fast too. You will want to make them for everyone :) I have included 3 sizes, but this headband is super easy to change into whatever size you want or need.
My mind has been bubbling with ideas since I first tried out Bernat’s new Outdoor Yarn. Have you tried it yet? I designed the free crochet pattern for this adorable Bike Basket Bunting last week and have been cruising around in style. This week I got my yarn out again and made a cute and FAST crochet plant hanger for my porch (well, a few actually!). These ones are made are for smaller plants, so I am excited to make a few more to hold larger planters. This free crochet pattern is easy customizable for any size planter you want to hang.
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Okay guys, let me drop a game changer on you: outdoor yarn. About two weeks ago Bernat let me in on a little secret and sent me a few balls of their NEW outdoor yarn, Bernat Maker Outdoor. It’s mold resistant and won’t fade in the sun. How cool is this?! I immediately got going on a project that, unfortunately, ended in total failure. However, I got a new, cuter idea to make crochet bike basket bunting and it turned out so adorable!
I’ll admit something weird: I don’t like pepperoni pizza. I guess I am crazy or something, because everyone seems to love it except me (and both my kids, who are apparently as strange as I am). Even as a kid I would peel off the pepperonis whenever we ate pizza, turning it into a delicious cheese pizza. I am a total cheese pizza girl all the way. However, cheese pizza is kinda boring, don’t you think? When I decided to make some crochet pizza coasters, I decided FOR pepperoni.
Good choice, right?
This crochet fringe clutch is a makeover pattern! I designed this crochet pattern in thick acrylic/wool yarn last summer. I actually really like it in the bulky yarn, and it works up so fast, but I really wanted to make it in t-shirt yarn. I had searched but hadn’t found an affordable, readily available t-shirt yarn, so I settled for a bulky acrylic. However, a few weeks ago I discovered Bernat Home! I am currently working a few projects with it, and I made these deliciously comfortable flip-flops sandals last month. The stretchy texture is perfect for slippers. It’s SO comfortable. And of course I decided to remake my crochet fringe clutch with this newfound yarn.
Star Wars is one of my geeky fandoms (I am a HUGE Potterhead, too). For some reason, I forget about Star Wars Day (May the 4th) until it’s practically upon me. I had the idea for this crochet Boba Fett pouch last year, but I didn’t think far enough ahead to finish it. Luckily, I got to it this year, but I have a Star Wars Crochet WEEK on my calendar for next year, so hopefully May 4th, 2019 will be a bit more exciting!
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I don’t knit. I have attempted to learn knitting a couple of times, but I don’t consider myself a knitter by any stretch of the imagination. I think (correct me if I’m wrong) that knitting is the most well-known fiber art. Have you noticed? When I take my crochet projects out, people inquire about my “knitting.” Although I do not get offended by the question, I do take the opportunity to educate the inquirer. Of course I have a spark of snark, I had to add words to this filet crochet bag. This crochet bag will be something most crocheters can appreciate. This snarky crochet tote features the words “It’s not knit” because, well, it isn’t, and you will surely get asked if you knit your bag yourself ;)
I have a crochet bucket list, have you? I probably won’t get to some of the items on my list until my kids are in school all day, but I’ve got one! I bought the pattern for these crochet hatching turtles last year, but I finally decided that this week was the week to finally make them. My kids have been champing at the bit to play with their new toys since they saw the pattern photos(they have been treasuring their crochet hatching dinosaurs and it warms my heart).
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I grew up gardening. My parents always had a small garden in our backyard, my mother tended and cultivated large flower gardens in the front and a big garden a few miles from our house on the family farm. I have had ample opportunities to learn how to grow and nurture plants, but for some reason, it’s a skill that I can’t master. I have been loving the succulent trend, they are gorgeous and “low-maintenance.” Unfortunately, I have managed to kill all of mine. So I decided to create these crochet succulents. I am determined not to kill these!
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I have been itching to get outside in my garden. We had some beautiful days this week, but spring is a fickle creature; one day it will be 72º and the next will be 40º. Yikes! So this weekend I spent my time designing these simply adorable crochet cactus coasters, because I am hoping the beautiful spring weather is around the corner and will plan to stay awhile. Aren’t they darling? Ever since I starting dabbling in colorwork with my Neva Hat, I have been having the most wonderful crochet colorwork ideas. It’s fun how these little coasters work up quite fast. I made mine almost entirely in the car this weekend as we took a short trip out of town with our kids. The graph is fairly simple and after you make two you might be able to finished your cactus coaster set without the graph!
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I am sure you have heard of the various kinds of monthly subscription boxes, but have you heard of this delightful crochet subscription, Happy Yarn Mail ? My March project came this week and I was excited to open it up see what surprises await. Inside the March box is materials and instruction to make this pretty crochet beret, the Parisienne Beret, complete with an adorable cross-stitch heart. I am more of a slouchy girl myself, but this beret turned out darn cute.
What is Happy Yarn Mail ?
It’s a lovely, crochet subscription that comes monthly in the mail! Inside the cute sprinkled bag you will find a simple and easy-to-read pattern, all the yarn needed to compete the project, and some other bonus goodies.
How adorable is that button?
Plus, the pattern comes with a video. You can be sure that any pattern that comes in Happy Yarn Mail with be something you can complete. Simply follow the URL on the back of the pattern booklet and enter the password provided.
March’s project came with this squishy Touch of Alpaca by Lion Brand Yarns. I haven’t tried this yarn before getting my Happy Yarn Mail. Quite frankly, I have never made a crochet beret before either. This box is fun because it provides an opportunity to try something new, something you may not choose for yourself but something you will end up loving!
Turned out quite cute, don’t you think?
You can see that my hand-sewing skills are quite lacking. My mom is an avid cross-stitcher, and the one thing I remember learning from her is to work the top crosses of each stitch all the same way. At least I’ve got that going for me!
Okay, so if you are reading to start your monthly crochet subscription, hippity-hoppity over to Happy Yarn Mail and snag up your April box, because they sell out FAST! Once, they’re gone, they’re gone.
Get ready to start looking forward to the mail :)
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One of my most popular patterns is my Crochet Baby Flips-Flops (have you made them?!). I designed a version for women shortly after using a #6 bulky yarn after I got several requests. I liked them, but the soles were a bit floppy and the yarn stretched out a bit after a while. I think they are worth making still, because they are very comfortable, but when I discovered Bernat Home Dec a few weeks ago, I knew I needed to redesign my women’s crochet flip-flops using this yarn. Home Dec yarn is a t-shirt yarn and it has a ton of stretch, which is perfect for slippers and shoes. These ended up so comfortable, and I love the thick felt on the sole.
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I have been swooning over these crochet hatching dinosaurs for a while now. I saw them on Facebook last year and they have been on my to-do list ever since. I am finally get around to making them for my kids, and I thought Easter was the perfect time. I was going to put them in their baskets, but who am I kidding? I crochet throughout the day, and they were bound to be curious about what I was making. I also avoided any awkward questions about how the Easter Bunny can or can’t crochet exactly like Mommy. Plus, they have been playing happily together for the last 2 hours with their new baby dinosaurs! It’s pretty darn cute.
Everything is coming alive in my yard, I love it. I have the most adorable little Crocus flowers growing in the front. It’s so fun because they are the first things to peek out in the spring(sometimes they even peek out of a late snowstorm). It’s hard to believe that Easter is around the corner! Sadly, I have been working on this simple crochet Easter egg basket pattern for a while now. My original size estimates were, unfortunately, way off, so this pattern was shelved a couple times out a sheer frustration. Luckily, I finally figured everything out, and I am winning because it’s still slightly before Easter!
Do you lose your crojo (crochet mojo) a bit in the summer? I admit I do a bit. Summertime is my jam! I want to be outside, playing in the sun, digging in my garden, repainting furniture, sipping drinks and a million other things. When evening comes, I am not super interested in sitting under my large WIP crochet blanket. I have a feeling there are a few of you who are with me. But don’t worry, I got you! In this post are 16 fun summer crochet projects that are perfect for your summer crochet bucket list. Which one are you going to try first?
16 SUMMER CROCHET PROJECTS
When I started my blog about 6 years ago, it was a bit of a potpourri. I blogged about a lot of things; things I thought were AWESOME and that everyone should read, but in reality, were not (take a look at my archives if you don’t believe me, but be forewarned, it gets pretty scary back there). One project that I made that was really “useful” was this Felt Aviator Sleep Mask. My son had basically wrecked my sleep schedule by never sleeping ever until he was about 8 months old. I had a really hard time resting, even when I was getting a few straight hours of sleep. I found a sleep mask helped me quite a bit. I don’t need it nightly anymore, thankfully, but it still comes in handy occasionally. Since my blog isn’t so much a potpourri as it is a yarn and crochet blog, I decided it was time for a crochet make-over. So today I am sharing the pattern for this crochet aviator sleep mask pattern!
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A couple weeks ago, many of you were excited about a Team Canada Toque after I published my Neva Hat (Team USA Hat). I put a vote on my Facebook page and the pretty fair isle hat won by a landslide, so that is the design I used as inspiration for this Chinook Toque. It turned out quite lovely, although I think the design might be a bit intricate for the stitch size (maybe?)
I reached out to Yarnspirations, which is a Canadian yarn company; it just seemed too perfect to make this Team Canada Toque with genuine Canadian yarn, and I even chose their Patons Canadiana to make the hat (so perfect, right?!). I could not have chosen better yarn for this hat, it is so soft and squishy. You will LOVE your finished Chinook Toque (I love mine!)
Have you been enjoying the Olympics? I love seeing all the athletes work hard and excel (I have been trying to figure out the rules of curling, don’t quite get it yet). My husband thinks I am weird when I cheer for everyone. I just want everyone to do their best (especially the very young competitors)! It’s been so fun to see the events and even to see all the cold weather hats everyone is wearing. If you made my Neva Hat (Olympics Team USA Hat), you may be interested in this pretty follow-up project, Crochet Neva Mittens! These fair isle crochet mittens use the same pretty technique, so they make a perfect set. Give them a go!
I have been meaning to rework my Baby Crochet Moccasins for a while now. In fact, this is the second time I have reworked them (the original post is here). I just couldn’t get it right. They fall flat on Facebook and Pinterest and I knew they needed some sort of fix. I inquired about how to make them better in my Facebook group (and in my newsletter) and I got a lot of really great suggestions. If you gave me some ideas, thank you very much! Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest through the trees. Quite frankly, these Oka Crochet Moccasins turned out compelely different than the original, but hopefully they will be something that you will swoon over ;)