This chunky crochet plaid pillow works up very fast and makes a quick and easy way to add some rustic holiday flair to any room. Use this free crochet pattern to make pillows for every room!
This darling crochet s’more ornament is a fun, simple beginner-friendly project! If your family has the tradition of eating s’mores during the holidays, this cute ornament will go perfectly on your Christmas tree.
The Pioneer Rug
My kids and I recently listened to all the Little House on the Prairie books. I love connecting to that time in history when people lived off the land and depended on each other to survive.
My son Benjamin especially enjoyed listening to all of Laura’s adventures. He connected to her wild and free spirit and wishes he could be friends with her.
It’s truly special when you kids connect deeply with something you held so dear as a child.
I love simplicity. I find it difficult to achieve, but I envy the Ingalls’ small Christmas celebrations. Everyone adored each small part because that’s all there was! One small gift or one special dessert wasn’t taken for granted.
I remember when the Ingalls girls pooled their money together to buy a gift for Pa: store-bought suspenders. Many gifts were handmade: socks, dolls, crocheted collars.
Remember in The Long Winter when Laura and her friends would sit together in Pa’s shop while they knit and crocheted lace collars? The crochet-lover in me wished I could sit and crochet with Laura and her friends as they watched people passing by on the street. I wish I could find a pattern for the collars they made!
In the spirit of a handmade Christmas, let me introduce the Pioneer Rug.
Crocheted with a 12mm hook and three strands held together, you can whip up one of these in a few hours. What’s more – I made this 28” rug for $7.00!
You can tailor the colors and size depending on who you are making the gift for and make it the perfect addition to any home, accommodating any style!
The Pioneer Rug
Any inexpensive worsted weight acrylic.
Size shown used 14 ounces.
Hook size: 12 mm
Completed Dimensions: 28″ diameter
Gauge: 6 sts and 4 rnds = 4″ in dc
sl st—slip stitch
Note: Hold three strands together; use 3 separate skeins or make 3 balls from 1 skein. Carry unused color on wrong side of work. Change color on the yarn over of the sl st when connecting rnds.
Rnd 1: With CA, ch 4 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc in fourth ch from hook. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Sl st in first dc from rnd 1 and switch to CB, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout pattern), dc in same st as ch, 2 dc in each st around. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: Sl st in first dc from previous rnd and switch to CA, ch 3, dc in same st as ch (place marker), [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st (place marker in second dc)] around, dc in last dc. (36 dc)
Rnd 4: Sl st in first dc from previous rnd and switch to next color, ch 3, dc in same st as ch (move marker), [dc in each st to marker, work 2 dc at marker (move marker to second dc)] rep around, dc in each st to end of rnd. (48 dc)
Rnds 5 – 13: Rep rnd 4 alternating colors on each rnd. (each rep adds 12 to the stitch count)
Rnd 14: Sl st in first dc from previous rnd and switch to CB, ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), sc in same st as ch, [sc in each st to marker, work 2 sc at marker] rep around, sc in each st to end of rnd.
Rnd 15: Sl st in first sc from previous rnd and switch to CA, sl st in each st around, sl st in first sl st, finish off.
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Happy Friday! The weather in my neck of the woods has been unseasonably warm, it’s been unbelievable. A trip to the park left us all wore out but happy to be soaked in warm sunshine. It’s hard to believe that the Holidays are just around the corner. I am holding off to get my tree out until after Thanskgiving, but these little pops of holiday cheer make me so happy! These adorable crochet candle cozies are a cute and quick way to bring some holiday color to your decor.
This cute crochet key fob is a great beginner project and uses basic stitches. You will enjoy pairing different colors together. These key fobs are a cute, small gift or would be great for your summer craft fair booth! Enjoy the free crochet pattern.
Happy Monday Whistlers! Yesterday was a relaxing, spiritual Sunday that ended with my family and I sitting on the back porch listening to the rain and thunder. It was wonderful, and I am glad my flowers and plants all received a hearty drink. I recently decided to give my “garden” back to the grass (I had dug out a small corner of my yard, attempting to grow vegetables with little success and a constant battle with the grass), and decided to seed it with Kentucky Blue Grass. I felt a burden lifted! I lost the battle, but I am winning in the front yard with my ENORMOUS tomato plants, so I am satisfied. I thought this week would be a fitting time to share my new Aurora Flora Crochet Square, a pretty little thing I worked on all last week. They are great fun to work up, and the defined lines look so pretty.
Happy Monday everyone, I hope you are ready to start a new week! I am having a hard time today. I spent last week on the mountain with some youth from my church. It was a wonderful experience to be a camp leader for those amazing girls! Even though I missed my sweet kids, it was hard to come down off that beautiful mountain and away from the lovely fresh air. I did enjoy the opportunity to wear my striped hipster beanie since it got a bit chilly at night, but since I am back to 100 degree weather, I am sharing a non-wearable today: a super chunky wool rug.
You guys! IT’S DONE. I am so excited to finally share this project with you today. If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have wondered what in the world I have been working on. I think I crochet pretty slow, so this thing took quite a few hours to complete, but I love the finished project. The Boy was pretty excited about this Pretzel Pillow, and was constantly asking me if I was almost finished with it. And now I am–I present…The Crochet Pretzel Pillow!
This pretzel pillow is actually very simple. It’s made entirely of sc stitches, so it is a perfect beginner’s project. I connected the ends with Velcro, and it ended up being a fun, multifunctional pillow.
Even though it’s Wednesday, it sure feels like Monday around here. My husband and I took an overnight trip at the beginning of the week. Even though it was a blast to get away for 24 hours, it’s taking some time to be productive today. My house is a mess and my hair is in a bun, but at least the kids are fed and happy (right?!). Ever since I posted my Granny Square Earring, I have been looking for more ideas for granny squares. Granny Squares are really growing on me, especially when granny squares are used in other ways besides afghans. Today, I am sharing my favorite granny square projects from around the web. I hope you try a few of these! I am digging colorful granny squares right now and I have some awesome ideas for the when the weather turns cool here!
I hope you are inspired by these granny square projects, and have a wonderful rest of the week!
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It’s really nice when the baby outgrows the diaper bag. I won’t lie, I hate carrying that big thing around. It’s obviously essential when the baby is small and you need everything except the kitchen sink to run to the grocery store. However, once I switched over to a smaller bag, I noticed another problem: mashed diapers. I don’t know why this bugs me so much, but when I put a flat, crisp diaper in my bag, and pull out a mashed, matted diaper only hours later (that can NOT be re-flattened) I get super annoyed. This happened, of course, with my first which is why I made myself a crochet diaper pouch to carry my crisp, fresh-from-the-package diapers in my not-diaper bag.
Unfortunately, the first one never made it on the blog. I am not quite sure why not, but I was looking through a folder on my computer labeled “Working on Patterns” and found it! I had lost my original diaper pouch, so I was happy to find the pattern and make another one.
I absolutely love that crochet is on trend right now. I love boho, I love fringe and I love seeing crochet everywhere from fashion to home decor. All this crochet makes my heart sing! I gathered a few of my favorites in crochet decor to share with you for some potential weekend projects. I hope you are inspired by these talented artists and you can hopefully start working on some crochet decor projects of your own!
Get the free crochet pattern for this Cheron Crochet Tablet Pouch. Although this one is sized an iPad mini, but you can easily size it up or down for whatever device you may have! This post includes affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you use my link to make a purchase. Thanks for supporing Whistle and Ivy.
Happy Tuesday, friends!
We have been spending lots of time outside these days. The beautiful spring weather has been replaced with a much more aggressive heat, which just means it’s time to get out the sprinklers and kiddie pool! The kids are loving the water play. The Boy runs and jumps, while Sis splashes her own face, giggling hysterically. I think our lab is having as much fun as the kiddos! He attacks the splashes with fervor and it’s pretty darn adorable. I also finished up a cute project I have been working on, this Crochet Cactus Pincushion.
It’s so fun to make, comes together pretty easily and I thought it would be a fun addition to my summer booth at the farmer’s market this year. What do you think?
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It just dawned on me that the 4th of July is around the corner! In my search for some fun Patriotic-themed crochet projects, I found a few favorites that I wanted to share with you.
I hope you pick a couple and make them this month!
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I hope you enjoy these awesome projects! Have fun preparing for your country’s birthday, and have a wonderful week!
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Happy Tuesday ya’ll!
I hope your week is going well. I am finishing up some personal projects this week, and it feels good to make time for other things. One of these projects is a Whistle and Ivy Original embroidery pattern. I am so excited to share it! I want to give it to the intended recipient before I can share it, but tune in next week for the free pattern. I am loving this new craft and I am brimming over with ideas. Now, I just need to find the time to make them happen!
Today I am sharing the pattern I shared on Stitch and Unwind a few months ago, this fun Hexie Puff Seat Cushion crochet pattern.
My husband and I have recently decided that we will make Saturday our night to be together, distraction-free. I admit, at first I was nervous. Blogging takes tons of time, guys. Like, a lot. And since I am Major Worry, I was scared I would be “wasting” precious working time.
I am so glad I was wrong.
It doesn’t matter when you are doing, you need to take a break. That is part of the reason I picked up embroidery, and why I am ready to learn how to knit.
The break is refreshing and lovely. I get to reconnect with my best friend, have discussions and enjoy time together. I honestly feel like I am replenished and more productive the following Monday.
Buuuut that doesn’t mean my hooks don’t come out to play for a few minutes on the weekend. This pretty Twinkling Stars Crochet Wall Hanging was my project last weekend and I love how it turned out. It is currently hanging on the wall adjacent to Sis’s crib and it looks fab in her room.
This week started with a fail and ended in success. Well, it started with a couple of fails actually. This speech bubble idea came in the form of a pillow, but after several hours of frustration (I couldn’t get the shape exactly right), I switched gears to these coasters. After a funny venture with paint and stencils, I finally completed these adorable crochet speech bubble coasters, and I’m glad at how they (eventually) turned out.
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This past winter was a winter of chunky yarn. I had so much fun making scarves and hats that I almost didn’t want the cold weather to go away. The warm weather has a silver lining though (and I am not even talking about shorts and flip-flops), it pushed me to make something pretty with chunky yarn! This Beach Waves pillow brings beachy and cool colors into my home, and I love how BIG and CHUNKY this yarn is! Red Heart Grande has pushed it’s way into my top favorite chunky yarns.
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I am not a huge fan of bulky purses. In fact, I only carry a bag because I have kids; apparently those little people need lots of things. So I grin and bear my ginormous diaper bag full of snacks, water bottles, wipes and Transformers (which are completely crucial for a grocery store run). When it’s just me, however, I like to travel light: the essentials only. This chevron zipper pouch is perfect for carrying the things that you really need for a day (or night) out.
I am loving this boho trend. It’s so fun to see yarn and fibers trendy in home decor. Ever since our Hexagon Crochet-Along, I have been thinking of ways to put hexagons together in a cute way. This Boho Hexagon Wall Hanging is super simple and comes together easily and quickly. And I love the pretty effect. I think it would be darling a nursery, too.
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With Valentine’s Day coming up, I have been brainstorming crochet ideas that incorporate pink, red and hearts. Unfortunately I am not too inspired, since I don’t usually go all-out for V-day. In fact, I don’t usually decorate at all. I am pretty lazy when it comes to decorating my home. Christmas decor comes out of course, but other than that, I am pretty lame. How can I spend my time rearranging my mantle when my yarn and hook look so lonely? But the idea for this cute Ombre Heart Stitch Pillow came to me and I knew I had to give it a try. One of the best parts about this pillow is that I made it into a pillow cover, instead of permanently sewn around the pillow form (like this one I made a few months ago). That way, you can display your lovely heart pillow during February, and when you are ready for a change, you can switch the cover out for something new (possibly bright and spring-y?).
This vintage half doily Christmas Garland is a nod to Christmases of yore and uses non-traditional holiday colors! You can find links to six other garlands, perfect for adorning your home this season. A special thanks to Simplicity and Red Heart for providing yarn and tools for this project.
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Last week we had the Boy’s birthday party. It was his first “real” party with organized games and activities. I was so nervous. What if the kids hate the games? What if they hate the food (cupcakes, go figure)? What if they get bored, or my son decides he hates the whole thing? Oh the joys of parenthood. Luckily, it went quite well, all the kids had fun, and the stress and worry was for nothing. This week calls for a cute, sweet (and fast) little project. I have a fun and fancy pattern coming up next week, but I wanted to release this pattern first. These cute crochet bows will be embellishing next week’s creation. I loved how these crochet bows turned out so much that I wanted them to have their own post.
The good thing about these crochet bows is that they are shaped like a bow before the middle is wrapped. You don’t need to pinch and wrap, hoping it turns out okay (I am not the best bow-maker with fabric, paper, ribbon or much else). You get a perfect crochet bow every time!
These cute crochet bows work up so quick and the applications are near endless. A bow garland in a baby’s room would be so adorable, or you could embellish slippers and crochet boots, hats or hair bands and clips.
CUTE CROCHET BOWS
What you need:
- Size G Hook (4.25 mm) (my favorite hooks)
- Medium Weight Yarn (Knit Picks Brava and Mighty Stitch
- Yarn Needle (to weave in ends)
Brava – Seashell and Dove Heather
Might Stitch – Navy, Conch, Oyster and Mint
1. Dc in 3rd ch from hook. Dc 3. Hdc. Sc. Sl st. Sc. Hdc. Dc 4. Turn. (13 sts)
2.- 4. Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc 3. Hdc. Sc. Sl st. Sc. Hdc. Dc 4. Turn.
Tie off. Weave in ends.
Take a length of yarn and wrap it around the middle of the crochet bow, starting in the middle of the yarn. Wrap both ends around the bow going in opposite directions. After wrapping 3-4 times, tie a small knot in the back of the bow and cut the ends.
It’s that simple!
How will you use your cute crochet bows?
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Simplicity has generously provided the yarn for this project.
Today I am excited to share a fun project I have been working on. A few fellow bloggers and I have joined together for a crochet blog hop, and each of us have a fun pillow crochet pattern for you! I am amazed at the talent of these women, so be sure to check out the fun free crochet patterns they have for you. Mine is a crochet geo stripe pillow, and it is so easy to make!
Geo Stripe Pillow
What you need:
- Worsted Weight Yarn in 3 colors (Red Heart Soft)
- Size I Hook
- Yarn Needle
- Old Pillowcase
- Basic Sewing Supplies
Gauge: 6 sts=2″
1. Hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Hdc 63. Sk next st. Hdc in last st (a decrease). Turn. (65 sts)
2. Ch 1.
Work 2 decreases. Hdc in each remaining st. (63 sts) Turn.
3. Ch 1.
Hdc in same st. Hdc 60. Work one decrease. Turn. (62 st)
Continue the pattern, working 1 decrease at the end, and 2 decreases at the beginning after turning. Your decreases will all be along the same side, making the slanted triangle edge. Work a total of 43 rows.
This is the same pattern at the solid triangle, but you will be alternating your yarn colors. Work with one color for 4 rows, then use your second color, alternating in the same decrease pattern.
Line up your two triangles, with the flat and long sides together. Make sure one triangle is upside down, with the last stitch meeting the beginning row of the other. Using a yarn needle and some yarn, sew them together while they lay flat, sewing through the top loops, and hiding the stitches from the other side.
Lay your sewn pillow top on top of the pillowcase and cut the length to fit, leaving a seam allowance. The pattern was written to fit the exact width of a pillowcase so check your gauge.
Sew around your pillowcase leaving an opening on one side.
Next, using your needle and a length or yarn, hand stitch around the pillow. It doesn’t need to be too tight of stitching. Stop where at the space you left un-sewn previously.
Now you can stuff your pillow. Grab small chunks for the best result, it will be less lumpy this way, but will take a bit longer to fill.
Once it’s stuffed, hand sew the opening shut, starting where you left off. Tie the two ends together with a tight and sturdy knot.
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