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Free Pattern Find: Mug Hug & Rug!

Good Morning! It’s Monday again.

Nothing better on a Monday morning than a fresh cup of coffee. Well almost nothing! A fresh cup of coffee in your favorite mug with a crochet mug hug and rug is even better, don’t you agree?

Okay so I sound just a little bit like Dr Seuss lol so I will stop rhyming. I found this really nice photo tutorial for a coffee coaster and cozy. It is really easy to follow. A great project for beginners.

This free photo tutorial was written and shared by Wink on craft.tutsplus.com.

Thank you Wink!!

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This is  a great project if your short on time. It only takes about an hour to complete. I love the slip stitched stripes and the wooden buttons.

Hope you enjoy this weeks free pattern find. Follow us here and on Facebook for more great free pattern finds as well as original work Made By Cricket.

Have a great week Everyone!


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Last Minute Crochet Hearts

Good Monday everyone!

Hope you had an excellent weekend. I was certainly busy with my little ones. But now that Valentine’s Day is knocking at the door it’s time to go into overtime. If you need something super quick and easy then use this “Easiest Crochet Hearts” tutorial by Hectanooga1. It only takes a few minutes to make each heart and you can attach them to treat bags, bracelets, hair bows and anything really you want.

Enjoy!

This heart is simple and can be done by beginners in crochet.

Until Next time Happy Crocheting

Cricket

 


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Crochet Spa Washcloth Gift Set

Hello Again,

I have one final thought for you before the busy weekend rush begins. The weekend is the busiest time for me with everyone home because the cleaning triples, though its also the most precious time. Family time! That being said I simply do not have the time to post on the weekend. So I’ll get it all out of my system today!

I have been hard at work making beanies/hats and really enjoying my time. But aren’t there are some moments during the day when you just want to relax with an easy project? If you said yes then here is the perfect pattern for you! Perfect for those chill down moments. Waffle Crochet Spa Washcloths a free download from Kate Alvis.  It takes me less than an hour to do one. They are quick, easy, and look very professional in my opinion. You may have to play with the stitch count depending on your yarn and your tension. I chained 41 as the pattern suggested for the first one and got a very large washcloth, so for the others I chained 31 and that worked nicely for me. These are how mine turned out.

crochet spa washcloth rag gift set

spa crochet washcloth gift set

I gave these washcloths as a gift set and I used a piece of yarn to tie them together. Very cute!

I used Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton thread for my washcloths and they are super soft and cozy.

close up spa crochet washcloth laying flat

spa crochet washcloth laying flat

I do recommend this pattern for beginners. It is very simple just remember that you will be crocheting directly into the chain 1 spaces that’s the big hole between your stitches (this gives the waffle effect) and not into the chains themselves. Good luck!

Enjoy your new washcloths and tell me how you like this pattern compared to other washcloth/dishcloth patterns. If you have a pattern you like more leave a comment I love washcloth patterns.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

Cricket


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Crochet Baby Hats

Now I officially know 3 people who are pregnant. So exciting! I love the opportunity to brighten someones day with a crocheted gift from the heart. I was busy this weekend making some crochet baby hats . I do intend to make some baby booties but I am still searching patterns.  I couldn’t be happier with how they came out. They are so simple to make and quick because they are for little heads. Great for beginners in crochet.  I made a newborn, 3 month and 6 month size and wrapped them up as a crochet baby hat gift set. So cute! Check it out.

a collection of crochet baby hats great for gifts

crochet baby hat gift set

a crochet baby hat collection made in green and white

crochet baby hat gift set

You can find the link to this pattern at bernat.com.

They have a lot of great free patterns you just have to sign up for a membership to access them.

This is a great basic free pattern. Very easy to follow. I made some changes in my creations so they would look less feminine and more neutral. I used a ribbing effect on the bottom of the hats and a color change.

a crochet newborn baby hat with strips and a ribbed edging

crochet newborn baby hat

This is the smallest of the three hats being the newborn size. Not much smaller than my 3 month old hat though. I did a color change and used a round of sc above and under the round of dc green. This was my favorite of the three. So cute!

The only thing I like more than crochet is seeing someone smile when they get a crochet gift. Lets make the whole world smile! Happy crocheting!!

Cricket

 


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Crochet Hat: Baby Time!

crochet hat made from softee baby bernat yarn

softee baby crochet baby hat bernat

I love it when there is a reason to make someone a gift! Two people I know are pregnant so I am hard at work making some baby hats and I am going to make my first baby booties. So exciting! I bought baby soft yarn from bernat and I have made two hats already by using one of their free patterns.I modified them of course, I can never stick to the pattern. Here is a photo from bernat.com. You can get this pattern and many more from there if you sign up at bernat. I am not using the same edging because I do not know if the baby is a girl or boy and this seems too feminine to me. I am using the same edging I used on the Tezzie hat. I love that edging! This is a basic hat great for beginners.

I’ll post my own creations from this pattern asap so stay tuned! And until them Happy Crocheting!!

Cricket


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Crochet Headband with Flower

Headbands are fun and easy projects to do in between larger projects or for beginners who are still learning. I made these crochet headbands with flowers after watching a tutorial on YouTube from epicabundance.

These headbands are great! You can change the flower because they just button on. Genial!  So if you made these for gifts you could make one headband with 3 or 4 different flowers. It’s the gift that keep on giving but still quick and easy to make. I used a different flower than the one she used in the video. If any of you are familiar with Mikey from the crochet crowd he has some great unique flower tutorials.

girl with crochet headband with flower

crochet headband with flower

I love both flower tutorials and you can make either one or both and mix it up. For the purple and white headband I used 2 strands at once. 1 purple and 1 white. I like the effect and it looks nice with the two-tone flower. Here are the links:

Click here to watch headband tutorial.

Click here to watch flower tutorial from epicabundance.

Click here to watch flower tutorial from crochet crowd.

Tell me what you think! I would love to know if this post was helpful to you and I would really like to see your own creations.

Good Day and Happy Crocheting!

Cricket


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How to Begin Crocheting

Hello Future Crocheters

This post will cover the bare basics of crochet and how to begin for the absolute beginner including chaining and single crochet stitch.

First you need to get some yarn and a crochet hook. It is recommended to use 4 ply, medium, worsted weight yarn because it is easy to handle. Make sure you pick a yarn that is not too dark in color. I found working with black yarn difficult while learning the basics because I could not see my stitches very well.

You will also need a hook. There will be a recommended size of hook listed on the yarn package. This is where you may get confused. On this particular yarn it is recommended that I use a 4.5 mm or 7us size hook. This hook can also be referred to as the G hook. You do not have to use a 4.5 mm/G hook but know that the smaller the hook is the smaller your project will be and the larger the hook the larger the project. You also want to make sure that your yarn sits well within your hook. If your hook is too big for your yarn your project will look too loose and if you hook is too small you will find it difficult to make your stitches.

Now that you have your hook and yarn you can begin your stitches. I recommend that you practice your stitches before you start any projects. You can however make a dish rags as practice if you would like. That was how I began crocheting.

crochet dish rag

crochet dish rag

Single Crochet

To begin you will need to create a slip knot on your hook.

The first stitch you need to know is the chain stitch (ch). This is the base for your work and the stitches you will work off of to create your Single Crochet (sc). You simply pull the yarn through the slip knot and every loop after to chain your stitches. Always chain one stitch extra when working in single crochet. So if you want to make rows 25 stitches long chain 26 on your foundation chain and chain 1 on turning rows after that. Here is a link to demonstrate how to single crochet. I find a lot of great information on about.com.

I also have a page listing the written steps for single crochet.

Practice this stitch while making some great crochet dish rags for yourself or as gifts. If your like me you will be hooked on hooking after that!

Welcome to the world of crochet!

Cricket