Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Video Tutorial: Free Crochet Dangling Circle Earrings Pattern


Video Tutorial:  Free Crochet Dangling Circle Earrings Pattern

 

For sometime now I have wanted to start making video crochet video tutorials.  However, my camcorder was about ten years old and it wasn't compatible with the version of windows on my computer.  My birthday was this past Sunday and my parents bought me the greatest little camcorder that takes both photos and HD videos!  The coolest part is that the camcorder is waterproof so I can take underwater video the next time I go snorkeling!   




I have been on a non-stop crochet earring making spree lately and I decided to use my new camcorder to record a tutorial for one of my favorite pairs of crochet earrings.  I am still learning how to use the camcorder, so unfortunately the video is a little blurry.  Hopefully, my instructions are clear enough for everyone to understand.  I promise I will learn how to use my camcorder properly and my future tutorials will be much better quality.

  This pattern is also available as a download from Craftsy:  Click Here

About the Pattern:


I was at Walmart last week shopping for crochet thread when I saw a package of cabone rings for $1.99.  The package contained two sizes, 1/2" and 13mm.  I wasn't sure what cabone rings are typically used for but they were really lightweight and I thought I could crochet around them to make some earrings.  After playing around with the rings at home, I came up with the dangling circle earrings pattern in the tutorial below.  I absolutely love how the earrings look and they are so easy and quick to make!  I hope you like the tutorial and I would love to see pics of your finished earrings.

Crochet Dangling Circle Earrings


Materials:

Cabone Rings size 1/2" and 13mm

Size 5/1.90 mm crochet hook

Crochet thread in black and white (I used Red Heart Cotton Crochet Thread)

Two Jump Rings

Two Fishhook Earrings

Needle Nose Pliers

Needle (for weaving in loose ends)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Savings: Weekly Deals and Coupons on Craft Supplies

Sunday Savings:  Weekly Deals and Coupons on Craft Supplies


Hooded Scarves to Crochet


This week is a great week for savings on craft supplies, especially yarn! As always, if you find a great deal that isn't mentioned below, please share it in the comments section. Enjoy!



Jo-Ann Fabric:


Deals

Many yarns are on sale both online and in-store.  Here are a few of the great deals I found:

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Yarn- reg. $3.79 on sale for $2.79 both online and in-store
Red Heart Super Saver - reg $2.99 on sale for $2.09
Red Heart With Love - reg $5.29 on sale for $3.99
Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Crochet Thread - reg $2.99 on sale for $2.09

Coupons



Michaels:

 Deals

Vanna's Choice Yarn - reg $3.49-$4.49 on sale for $2.99
Unforgettable Yarn - reg $4.99-$5.99 on sale for $3.99
Sashay Ruffle Yarn - reg $4.99 on sale for $3.99
Homespun - reg $5.99-$6.99 on sale for $4.99
Loops and Threads Flamenco - reg $3.99 on sale 2 for $6






Disclaimer:  As I have previously mentioned, I am a Craftsy affiliate.  All opinions given on my blog are my own.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern: Lacy Crimson Cowl, Stella Cowl Scarf

Free Crochet Pattern:  Lacy Crimson Cowl

Stella Cowl Scarf



With summer coming to an end I decided it was time to start working on some new fall weather crochet patterns.  The Stella cowl is a light weight scarf that is perfect for those chilly fall days.  The pattern can be found below and is also available as a download by clicking on the "downloadable crochet patterns" tab or through Craftsy and Ravelry.

Materials:
Worsted Weight Yarn
Size I Crochet Hook
Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations:
Ch = chain
st(s) = stitch(stitches)
Sl st = Slip Stitch
Sc = Single Crochet
Dc = Double Crochet
Dc2tog = Double Crochet Decrease
Cl = Cluster
Shell = shell stitch

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Special Stitches:
Cluster - Yarn over insert hook in stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull hook through first 2 loops, yarn over insert hook in same stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through first 2 loops on hook, yarn over insert hook in same stitch, yarn over draw up a loop, yarn over draw hook through first two loops, yarn over and draw through the remaining loops on hook

Shell - Shell stitch is made by placing five double crochet stitches in the same stitch.




 Pattern Notes:  The beginning chain four in rows 2,3,5,6 counts as a single crochet and chain three.

Ch 136 and sl st to form a ring.  Be careful not to twist the chain when joining.

Round 1:  Ch 1, sc in next st and each st around.  Sl st to ch 1 to join the round.

Round 2:  Ch 4 *skip next 3 sts and cl in the following st.  Ch 3, skip the next three sts and sc in the following stitch.  Ch 3* repeat 15 times.  Ch 3, skip next three sts and cl in the following st.  Ch 3 sl st to the first ch stitch you made at the beginning of the round.

Round 3:  Ch 4, skip the chains from the previous round and sc in the first cl st from the previous round.  *Ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3 sc in next cl st.* repeat around.  Sl st to first ch st you made at the beginning of the round.

Round 4:  Ch 2, dc2tog in same stitch as joining, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, cl in next sc from previous round.  Sl st to top of the dc2tog to join the round.

Round 5:  Ch 4, sc in first sc from previous round, *ch 3 sc in next cl st, ch 3, sc in next sc* repeat around. sl st to the first ch stitch you made at the beginning of the round.


Round 6:  Ch 4, cl in next sc st, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3 cl in next sc*– repeat around.  Sl st to first ch stitch you made at the beginning of the round.

Round 7:  Repeat Round 3

Round 8:  Repeat Round 4

Round 9:  Repeat Round 5

Round 10:  Repeat Round 6

Round 11:  Repeat Round 3

Round 12:  Repeat Round 4

Round 13:  Ch 1, sc around placing three sc in each ch 3 space. Sl st to ch 1 to join the round.

Trim:
Top:  Ch 2, dc four times in the same stitch as ch 2, *skip the next st and sl st in following st, skip the next st and shell st in the following stitch* repeat around.  Join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch 2.

Bottom:  Sl st to any sc st around the opposite edge of the scarf and ch 2, dc four more times in the same stitch as ch 2, *skip the next st and sl st in following st, skip the next st and shell st in the following stitch* repeat around.  Join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch 2.
 



 


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sunday Savings: Weekly Craft Supply Deals and Coupons

Sunday Savings:  Weekly Craft Supply Deals

 




Happy Sunday everyone!  Below are the latest sales and coupons on craft supplies and courses from across the web.  As always, if you've come across a great deal be sure to share it in the comments below.  Enjoy!

Jo-Ann Fabric



Michaels







Hobby Lobby

40% off one regular priced item




 Disclosure:  I participate in both the Hancock Fabrics and Craftsy affiliate programs.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Ten Free Back to School Crochet Patterns

Ten Free Back To School Crochet Projects


Are you heading back to college in a few weeks or have kids that will be heading back to school? The prices for school supplies and clothing can add up fast. Below are ten free crochet projects to help you add a one of a kind touch to your back to school gear.

1.  Crocheted Dorm Room Rug by Better Homes and Gardens






2.  Happy Bento Lunch Caddy


3. Roll Up Pencil Case by Red Heart
4.  Crochet Pencil Pattern by Lady Crochet



5.   Crochet Owl Pillow by Bizzy Crochet



6.  Messenger Bag by Judith Schwartz



7.  Frog Backpack by Lily Sugar n' Cream



8.  Backpack Buddies by Lori Zeller



9.  Apple Cozy by Little Abbee



10.  Notebook Cover by Pierrot Yarns



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern: Panda Pen Cozy

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Free Crochet Pattern:  Panda Pen Cozy






This adorable little cozy would make the perfect back to school project.  All you need is a little black and white worsted weight yarn, a size G crochet hook and a needle.  The pattern is written below but you may download it via Craftsy by clicking on the image above or through Ravelry by clicking on the "download now" button below.

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Materials: 
Worsted weight yarn in black and white
Size G crochet hook
Tapestry Needle
Fiber Fill (Optional)

Free Knitting Patterns at Craftsy!

Abbreviations:
Ch = chain
Sl st = slip stitch
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
St(s) = stitch (stitches)



Panda Head Part 1
Start with a magic ring
Round 1:  Ch1, 6 sc into the ring, sl st to 1st sc to join round.
Round 2:  Ch 1 and sc in same stitch, 2 sc in next st and in each st around.  Sl st to ch 1 to join round.
Round 3:  Ch 1, *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in following st* repeat until you have reached the last st.  2 sc in last st, sl st to ch 1 to join round.
Round 4:  Ch 1, 1 sc in next st, *2 sc in following st, 1 sc in next 2 sts* repeat around until you have reached the last st, 2 sc in last st, sl st to ch 1 to join round.
Rounds 5-6:   Ch 1, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to ch 1 to join round.
Round 7:  Ch 1, 1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog, sl st to ch 1 to join round.
Round 8:  Ch 1, 1 sc in next st 2 sts, sc2tog, 1  sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, 1  sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, sl st to ch 1 to join round.
**Draw up a large loop and set hook aside.  At this point you will make the ears, eyes and nose.  I find them much easier to sew on before you begin to close the head opening and add (the optional) fiber fill.

With black yarn ch 4
Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, dc in next ch, ch 1, sc in last ch.  Tie off yarn leaving a 6” tail.
Using the tail sew the ears to the top of the head, one on either side.





Eyes (Make 2)
With black yarn ch 3
 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in last ch.  Tie off yarn leaving a 6 inch tail.  With white yarn and a tapestry needle, sew one stitch through the center of the small black rectangle you just crocheted.  This will create the center of the eye.  Sew the eye onto the panda head and weave in all loose ends.




Nose:
With black yarn and a tapestry needle sew an upside down triangle shaped nose onto the front of the panda head.

Head Part 2
Insert your hook back into your loop.
Round 9:  Ch 1, sc in next st, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, sl st to ch 1 to join round.
*Note:  If you would like to fill the head with fiber fill, begin to do so at this step. 
Round 10:  Ch 1, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc 1, sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tog,sl st to ch 1 space to join.  Sl st to ch 1 to join round.
Round 11:  Ch 1, sc in next st, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, sl st to ch 1 to join round.  Tie off white yarn.

Body
*Note:  The body is worked in a continuous loop.  You will not join after each round.
Sl st with black yarn to join. Ch 1, Hdc in next st and each st around.  Do Not Join.  Continue working half double crochets around in a continuous loop until the body is at least 2 inches in length.  Then, tie off black yarn.  Weave in all loose ends.




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