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?
You might like these simple patterns as well:
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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This week has been exciting!
For a few weeks now, I have been working to prepare because I knew life would be more busy than usual.
Creativity is interesting, it’s like a muscle. It is stronger when you use it often. I have be practicing brainstorming sessions, which are difficult if you don’t do them often. The first few were very frustrating, and had no positive results. I have been getting better, though. Several ideas that use stars have come to me, but before I share them, I needed to write a very simple star pattern. These mini crochet stars will be perfect for the ideas I’m envisioning.
But first, I want to introduce you to our new family member! As soon as we brought this guy home, I was dying to introduce him to you!
His name is Goose, and he is a yellow Labrador with greenish-brown eyes. He is incredibly sweet and very, very smart. We’ve had him for 4 days, and he is already fetching, sleeping comfortable and happily in his crate, and using his designated potty corner of the yard. We are smitten, and The Boy is in heaven with his new puppy.
I knew getting a puppy would be LOTS of work, so I have been working on getting some projects and patterns finished for you. These mini crochet stars are very simple, and there is a wealth of projects to use them for. You can use any hook and yarn, but I used 100% Cotton Dishie by KnitPicks.
Dishie is a lovely cotton yarn that works up nicely and doesn’t make my fingers raw to work with it.
Mini Crochet Stars
What you need:
- Size H hook (or hook size to fit your needs)
- Medium Weight Yarn (Knit Picks Dishie)
- Sharp Yarn Needle (for weaving in ends nicely)
Start with a ch 3.
Hdc 9 in the first ch. Join with a sl st.
Ch 3. Sl st into 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in next ch.
Sk next st on the circle, sl st into next st, forming a star peak.
Repeat this step, until you have 5 peaks. Your last sl st will be worked in the beginning stitch.
Stay tuned for some fun star projects to use with these crochet mini stars.
P.S. I told myself I would never be that pet-parent who puts clothes and accessories on a dog, but I am already brainstorming ideas for him! Do you crochet for your pets?
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As a stay-at-home mom, and a working mom, I have to find time to work during the day. Sis takes wonderful long naps, so I try to take advantage of those. A lot of the time I crochet during the afternoon while The Boy plays with Kid K’nex. That kid is obsessed. He might actually grow up to be an engineer. I am so amazed at what he can create. I don’t want him to hate my yarn and hook though, so I love making things for him. He still love his Muno plushy, and Sea Turtle. This crochet monster pouch is a fun way for him to carry about pencils or toys. He loves containers of all kinds; it’s very adorable.
Crochet Monster Pouch
What you need:
- 9” zipper
- Worsted Weight Yarn (Brava by KnitPicks)
- Size I Hook
Gauge: 7 sts= 2″
Triangles – Make 2
1. Ch 20. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc 18. Turn.
2. Ch 1. Sk 1 st, hdc in next st. Hdc across. Turn. (1 decrease)
3. ch 1. Hdc in same st. Hdc across. Sk 2nd to las st, hdc in last st (1 decrease) Turn.
Follow this pattern of 1,2,3 (1- work 1 hdc in each st, turn) (2 – work a decrease on slanted edge, hdc in each st.) (3 – work a decrease on slanted edge, hdc in each st.), and repeat until you have 27 total row.
The decreases will alternate being at the beginning and end of the row, but you always want to work it on the same side.
1.Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in each st across. Turn.
2.-27. Ch 1. Hdc in same st. Hdc in each st across. Turn.
Line up your triangles, and place the zipper in the middle. You can sew it, but I hot-glued it in place. It’s much easer and faster, and the glue holds onto the yarn very well. You will need to trim the ends of the zipper.
Next, sew your zipper top piece to the back rectangle piece by working sc all around the edge. It will be turned inside out, so be sure your zipper in facing inside. (right sides together.)
Next make the eyes.
Start with magic ring, using black.
- Sc 4 in ring. Pull the ring tight, but don’t join. You are making a half-circle. Turn
- Ch 1.
Sc 2 in same st. Sc 2 in next 3 sts. Don’t turn.
Use 3rd color:
- Work this round through the back posts of the sc sts from 2.
For L eye, join in 1st st and sk last st. For R eye, join in 2nd st:
*Ch 3. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in next ch. Sk next st, and sl st into next st on the eye* work 3 times. Tie off, and weave in ends. (or tie them in knots and clip ends)
Attach the eyes above the zipper. You can sew them, or hot glue them.
I also ended up putting a few extra daps of glue near the top and bottom of the zipper, to make sure the pouch was completely enclosed and attached to the zipper.
The Boy has already started packing around silly toys in his crochet monster pouch, but it will be perfect for pencils and crayons when he is in preschool.
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I have been loving hexagons lately. A few bloggers and I did a fun crochet-along with them at the beginning of the year, and I have been hooked since. I have a few project ideas in the works, but first I needed to write a simple hexagon pattern to use for them. This solid hexagon crochet pattern is easy to work up, and has a great shape. Hopefully it will be useful to you with your own hexagon projects!
I hope you enjoyed our crochet along! We had so much fun creating our hexagons, and we are so excited to share our final hexagon projects with you!
Today I am sharing my Hexagon Crochet Along project! If you haven’t joined us, you can learn about our crochet along here, it’s never too late to start! This hexagon camera strap is so, so easy, and you can mix an match your hexagons for a fun, whimsical finished project. Plus, it makes your camera very comfy to hold around your neck.
For this project, you will need 10 Hexagons. Get the hexagon patterns HERE.
Start by sewing two strips of 5 together.
From here, you can either sew it together around your strap, or your can sew it together first and fish your strap through it. I opted to sew it first, then fish the strap though, but it proved to be a bit tricky. You might want to take your strap off your camera and sew the hexagon strips around it.
Using a yarn need and some corresponding yarn, sew in and out across the long edges of the strip. Leave the ends un-sewn.
Once your strap is in place, sew the open edges shut. As you sew across where the strap is, just sew through one layer.
Tie off your ends and your hexagon camera strap is done!
Very easy project!
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I have to admit, I have never been very interested in decorating for Valentine’s Day. But this year I thought I would give it a try. I have this long bannister, and I thought a cute, pink garland would be a romantic touch for the upcoming holiday.
UPDATE: Joann has retired their original sea turtle pattern and no longer has a copy on their archives. I am working on engineering a similar pattern so you can make the full crochet sea turtle. I am very sorry! I will get this written up as soon as I can.
Recently, I was contacted by Joann to participate in a fun summer craft challenge. Joann has a fun catalog with all sorts of crafts to do with/for kids, with free patterns and instructions. And of course, I chose to make the crochet sea turtle stuffed toy. They call it a tortoise at Joann.com, but I believe tortoises have feet not flippers, no? So even though this is a recreation of their project, I am calling my versions a crochet sea turtle :)
HERE is the link for the original tortoise pattern at Joann.com.