Sunday, June 15, 2014

Crochet Bridal Shower Favors: Crochet Flower Rings Bouquet

Crochet Bridal Shower Favors:  Crochet Flower Rings Bouquet





I finally finished my latest project, a bouquet of crochet flower rings.  This bouquet served as the favors for my sister-in-laws bridal shower. 

Stay tuned for detailed instructions on how to make your own crochet flower ring bouquet.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Giveaway - Michaels $25 E-Gift Card Giveaway!

New Giveaway - Michaels $25 E-Gift Card Giveaway!





Make sure to enter to win a $25 e-gift card to Michaels.  Contest ends Friday, June 13.  


Guidelines:  Open to both US & Canada.  Winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter and contacted by e-mail within 48 hours of the contest ending.  Winner has 48 hours to claim their prize.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Free Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns






Over at Crochet Concupiscene, there is a great list of free crochet baby blanket patterns.  The list of patterns is meant to inspire your next crochet creation.  My personal favorite is number five.  Not only does it make a great baby blanket pattern, but I think it would make a lovely afghan.

You can check out the list of free baby blanket patterns over at Crochet Concupiscene.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern: Owl Cuff Boot Topper


                         

Please do not sell or reproduce this pattern ; You may sell items made using this pattern but please give credit to Tampa Bay Crochet for the pattern and link back to the pattern:
http://tampabaycrochet.blogspot.com/2014/04/free-crochet-pattern-owl-cuff-boot.html
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Materials:
- Worsted Weight Yarn
- Size I crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- 2 small buttons or medium sized beads (owl’s eyes)



Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sts - stitches
dc - double crochet
FPdc - front post double crochet
FPtr - front post triple crochet
tr - triple crochet
Rnd - round
Rpt - Repeat
sl st - slip stitch
rsc - reverse single crochet

                                                                                                                                
Special Stitches:

FPtr:  Yarn over your crochet hook twice, counterclockwise. Insert the hook behind the post of the next stitch in the previous row, from right to left. Yarn over your hook and pull the loop from left to right through the piece, which will wrap the working yarn around the post. Yarn over again and pull through the first two of the four loops on your hook. You will have three loops left.Yarn over and pull through the next two loops. You will have two loops left.Yarn over and pull through the last two loops to complete the front-post treble crochet stitch.

FPdc:  Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second double crochet of the row below, and then from back to front again between the posts of the second and third stitches.The hook should now be positioned horizontally behind the double crochet that you’re working around.Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch.You now have 3 loops on the hookYarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice.One front post double crochet (FP dc) is complete.

Professional Finishing for Perfect Crochet (w/ Linda Permann)


 Owl Boot Cuff Pattern

*** Make 2 Boot Cuffs. ***

Chain 40 with I crochet hook, sl st to join the round.

Round 1:  Ch 2, dc in every stitch around.  Sl st to top of ch 2 to join
the round.

Round 2:  Ch 2, dc in the first seven stitches, 2 FPdc, 4 dcs, 2 FPdc, 25 dc, slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join the round.

Round 3:  Ch 2, sc in first 7 sts, skip 2 dc, tr in each of next 2 dc, FPtr in each of the skipped sts over previous 2 tr, skip 2, FPtr in each of next 2, tr behind FPtr in each of the 2 skipped sts] dc in next 25 sts. Sl st to top of ch 2  to join.

Round 4:  Ch 2, dc in first 7 sts, [FPdc in next 8 sts], dc in next 25 sts, sl st to top of ch 2 to join round.

Round 5:  Rpt Rnd 4

Round 6:  Ch 2, dc in first 7 sts, skip 2 dc, FPtr in each of next 2 sts, FPtr in each of the skipped sts over sts (beginning with the eigth stitch and then the ninth stitch of the round.) skip 2 sts, FPtr in each of next 2 sts, FPtr behind the FPtr you just made in each of the 2 skipped sts (beginning with the twelth stitch and then the thirteenth stitch of the round). Dc in next 25 sts.  Sl st in top of ch 2 to join round.

Rnd 7 - 9:  repeat Rnd 4    2 FPtr under center sts of owl into, dc in next 3sts, dc in next 25. Sl st in top of ch 2 to join round.

Round 10:  Repeat round 6.
This ends the owl portion of the cuff.  Do NOT tie off or cut yarn.  Continue crocheting as you have in the previous rounds.    

Round 11:  Ch 2, double crochet in each stitch around.  Sl st in top of ch 2 to join the round.

Round 12:  Ch 2, dc in the first stitch *FPdc in the next 2 sts, dc in the following 2 sts*  repeat around the cuff.

Round 13-14:  Repeat round 12.

Round 15:  Ch 1, rotate your work 180 degrees so that you are looking at the outside of the work instead of the inside. Reverse single crochet in the next stitch and in each stitch around. Sl st to top of ch 1 to join round.

Slip stitch to the outside of the first row of the top of the cuff.  Ch 1, reverse single crochet in the first stitch and in each stitch around.  Sl st to top of ch 1 to join round.




 Using the tapestry needle and the small buttons or beads you have chosen, sew on the two owl’s eyes.  You can see where the buttons should be sewn on by looking closely at the images above.     

Take a tapestry needle and sew in all of the loose threads.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Free Crochet Boot Cuff Topper Pattern Coming Soon. Plus, Winner of the JoAnn Fabrics Gift Card Announced.

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New Free Crochet Boot Cuff Topper Pattern Coming Soon.  Plus, Winner of the JoAnn Fabrics Gift Card Announced.



I have been working on a new free crochet pattern for Tampa Bay Crochet.  I recently got two pairs of boots and a pair of skinny jeans.  I know I am a little behind the times but I am still super excited about my purchases.  To celebrate my new boots I have been working on a crochet pattern for boot cuff toppers.  I actually have ideas for a few different styles so I plan on eventually writing more than one pattern.

Fair Isle Crochet: Demystifying Colorwork, with Karen Whooley


The boot cuff willl be a one size fits all cuff that will fit underneath the top of your boot to give your boots an extra bit of style.



Now, for the winner of the JoAnn Fabrics Gift Card Giveaway:

Lori S.

The winner of the Craftsy Class Giveaway will be announced soon.



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Monday, March 17, 2014

Craftsy Endless Creativity Sale: All Craftsy Classes up to 50% Off!


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Craftsy has discounted all of their courses up to 50% off!  Currently there are ten crocheting courses on sale!


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Kiwi Crate is Partnering with Target and They are Giving Away a $250 Gift Card!

Kiwi Crate is Partnering with Target and They are Giving Away a $250 Gift Card! 

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 Target has invited Kiwi Crate to develop a line of products exclusively for sale in Target stores! Kiwi Crate for Target will feature single-project kits that are also fan favorites, including Racing Wind Cars, Pom Pom Pets, Modern Art and Flying Kites. Starting this month, Kiwi Crate for Target creativity kits will be available in the Toy department in approximately 250 Target stores across the USA.

To help celebrate the partnership, Kiwi Crate is giving away a Target $250 Target Gift Card. The giveaway is a Pin to Win contest.  For more information and to enter the giveaway, click below.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Current Crochet Projects: Bridal Shower Favors - Crochet Flower Rings

Current Crochet Projects:  Bridal Shower Favors - Crochet Flower Rings

 

 



Several months ago I was honored to be asked to be the maid of honor in my sister-in-law's wedding.  Since then, I have been planning her bridal shower and bachelorette party.  My sister-in-law and most of my husband's family live in the Akron, Oh area.  Unfortunately, this limited the number of locations available for her bridal shower.  My husband's family is quite large, so having the shower at a winery or most restaurants were out because they could not accommodate the number of guests on my sister-in-law's guest list.
Someone recommended looking into hosting the shower at a pavilion at one of the local metro parks.  At first, I thought this would be way too casual for a bridal shower, that is until I found the Coventry Oaks Pavilion at Firestone Metro Park.


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The Coventry Oaks Pavilion has been immaculately maintained and is very bright and airy.  Many people in the area actually choose to host their weddings at this pavilion.  I was so thrilled to have found it.  Then, I started  thinking about decor.  I have a few ficus trees that I am planning on bringing and stringing white lights through the branches.  I am also planning on having real flowers as the centerpieces at each table.



The one aspect of the shower I was having the hardest time deciding upon was the favors.  The guest list for the shower is well over 50 people, so even a favor that cost $1/piece would end up costing over $50 total.  My husband suggested we make the favors for the shower.  He was looking through my Etsy shop, Pearl Bridal Boutique, and he came across my flower rings.  He suggested crocheting a ring for each guest using the wedding colors of iris, black, silver and white.  I loved the idea.  Not only would the favors be an extremely personal touch but they would also be very cost affective.  Luckily, we decided on the favors two months before the shower, so I had plenty of time to crochet all fifty flowers without straining myself too much.  So far, I have crocheted fifteen flowers and have five rings completely finished.  Each ring has a silver plated adjustable ring base, a crochet flower and a faux pearl center.  



In order to  hold myself accountable, I plan on posting the current status of the crochet rings.  Once they are completely finished, I have an idea of how to display the rings at the pavilion.  I plan on taking a small Styrofoam ball, used for flower arranging, and sticking each ring into the Styrofoam ball so that there is a circle of crochet flowers.  Then, I will take a stem and stick one end into the flower ball and the other into a small flower pot.  Next to the flower arrangement, there will be a basket full of small organza bags and a sign telling the guests to select a ring of their choice and place it in one of the organza bags.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Enter to win a $20 JoAnn Fabrics Gift Card!

Enter to win a $20 JoAnn Fabrics Gift Card!



Tampa Bay Crochet $20 JoAnn Fabrics Gift Card Giveaway


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It's not quite crochet, and it's not really knitting. Worked with a tool that's a cross between a crochet hook and a knitting needle, Tunisian crochet creates interesting textures and lends itself to great color combinations. You'll make a versatile multi-garment that's worn eight different ways. Whether you are a knitter, a crocheter or both, you will love the projects in this class and how easy this technique really is. 
 
 Contest Runs from 3/5/14 - 3/19/14 and is open to everyone!

A $29.99 value!  Enter to win this course below!
 
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Where to Find Free Crochet Patterns: Directory of websites with links to hundreds of free crochet patterns.

Where to Find Free Crochet Patterns

Directory of websites with links to hundreds of free crochet patterns.



 

Are you looking for your next crochet project? Looking for inspiration? Or maybe you are looking for a crochet pattern directory to list your new crochet pattern.  Below is an updated list of websites devoted to free crochet patterns.




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If you know of a site that is not listed below, please feel free to comment with the website address and I will add it to the list as soon as possible.

 

1.  Craftsy

 

2.  All Free Crochet

 

3. Crochet Me


 

4. Crochet Pattern Central 

 

5. Free Patterns.com

 

6. The Yarn Box

 

7. Crochet n More

 

8.  Free Vintage Crochet

 

9. Craftown

 

10. Ravelry

 

11. Fav Crafts

 

Online Crochet Class
 

12. About.com Crochet 

 

12. Red Heart

 

13. Lion Brand

 

14. Daily Crocheter

 

15. Crochetville 

 

16. Free-Crochet




Saturday, February 22, 2014

Craftsy Stash of Possibilities Sale: Up to 80% off of Yarn, Fabric and Project Kits.

Craftsy Stash of Possibilities Sale: Up to 80% off of Yarn, Fabric and Project Kits


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Stash Of Possibilities Sale is going on now at Craftsy.  Save up to 80% on Fabric at Craftsy! Additionally, save up to 80% on Yarn at Craftsy!

Plus, there are currently two crocheting classes on sale.  Sign up for Shuttle Tatting or Crafty Crochet Embellishments for $14.99.

Free Beginner Crochet Patterns

I was hoping to post my first few crochet video tutorials this weekend.  I spent a few hours yesterday filming them but when I went to load them onto my laptop I discovered my camcorder isn't compatible with Windows Vista.  How frustrating! Hopefully, I will be able to come up with a workaround soon and post the videos. 

The tutorials I taped were on some of the basic skills for crochet beginners.  So, I thought I would share a few patterns that are great for those who are just learning to crochet.

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1.  Crochet Dishcloth

This pattern is worked entirely using double crochet stitches.  It makes a great and useful first crochet           project.


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2.  Crochet Bracelet

This pattern is crochet using shell stitches.  It is quick to finish and 

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