You can make this simple-but-lovely bracelet using metallic floss and round glass beads. If you’ve never crocheted with beads before, this bracelet is a fantastic introduction to the technique; it’s a quick project that proves that bead crochet does not have to be difficult, despite what you may have heard to the contrary.
For those of you in the USA, this bracelet is an ideal way to accessorize for patriotic holidays such as the Fourth of July. It’s a fabulous everyday accessory as well.
You know the old rhyme: April showers bring May flowers. But you know what else April showers sometimes bring? RAINBOWS! Whether or not it’s raining in your neighborhood right now, you can crochet a lovely rainbow pattern to introduce more color into your life.
Pictured here, we have a double rainbow dishcloth you can make and use for spring cleaning this month (or, really, any time). It’s a quick and easy crochet project that will look cheerful and lovely in your kitchen.
There are bunches of different Easter projects that can be crocheted or knitted. For starters, how about making an Easter basket? You can grab a broad variety of different basket patterns that would be suitable for that purpose.
Another idea: Knit or crochet a stuffed Easter bunny toy for your favorite child (or make multiples for your favorite children). You can embroider the eyes on your bunny, or use attachable safety eyes. Some of the available bunny patterns even include instructions for making cute clothing the bunnies can wear — how adorable is that?
Some of these designs are components, meaning that you’ll be able to use them for making or embellishing other, larger craft projects. The appliques can be attached to just about any item for a bit of updated, handcrafted chic. The squares can be used to make blankets or other projects. You can apply a bit of imagination and creativity to come up with bunches of different projects you could make. I hope you find these ideas inspiring.
Hearts are some of the most popular motifs for crafting — particularly when making Valentine crafts, wedding crafts and anniversary crafts. They’re also fantastic motifs for use in birthday crafts and everyday crafts. Check out the following heart designs and heart patterns if you’re looking for some up-to-date ideas for heart motifs you can incorporate into your craft projects for Valentine’s Day 2020.
This free chart has many potential uses, but I used it for making filet crochet trim.
After working the chart in filet crochet, I had another idea. The filet crochet design is pretty, but it’s subtle. What about making another trim where the heart motifs really pop out from the background?
So, I whipped up a new trim pattern, where the hearts are cross-stitched on top of the trim. This gives you the option of easily creating color contrast between the background and heart motifs.
I like both versions, and I hope you’ll enjoy crocheting them too. The free crochet patterns for both versions of the design are available online at KnittingandCrochet.net.
I sure got a giggle out of the title of this book, Noggins and Necks, by Bonnie Barker. It’s a catchy title that sums up what the book is all about; it’s a crochet pattern booklet of scarf and hat patterns.
Want to know more about this book? I give you the lowdown in my detailed book review. I invite you to check it out!
This unisex beanie is exceptionally easy to crochet, and it’s a super quick project, too. The finished hat is versatile and can be worn with just about anything. The free crochet pattern is available at Knittingandcrochet.net:
From the Book Dressing Up Baby, published by Leisure Arts
When I go out with my best friend and her sweet baby, this is by far the baby beanie that draws the most compliments from total strangers. And, out of all the baby hats I’ve crocheted, this pattern is the one I’ve enjoyed the most. It’s an easy pattern, but there is something so satisfying about crocheting all those tiny flower buds and making the cute little bow to add to the top of the hat.
The “Pretty Posies” baby hat isn’t the only hat pattern included in this book. The book is all about giving you patterns for complete baby layette sets consisting of coordinating hats, baby booties, baby blankets and baby sweaters. There are multiple baby layette patterns included in the book. I highly recommend it!
If you want to crochet quick, easy, warm winter beanies for a sweet newborn, plus matching baby booties for each hat you make, Infant Boots & Hats is a crochet pattern book you’ll definitely want to consider adding to your library. This charming book includes crochet patterns for 6 different sets of matching baby beanies and booties. They are all SUPER CUTE.
If there’s one thing I adore, it’s a crochet checkerboard pattern. I’ve designed so many different variations on the checkerboard that it’s getting hard to keep them all straight. This one you see pictured stands out because it’s the smallest one I’ve ever designed. I’ve found that this one has a whole bunch of different possible uses.
I designed this afghan square with the intention of using it along with multiple other afghan squares of the same size. I’ve crocheted multiple blankets using the squares in this series, and I have ideas for making bunches more of them. I invite you to fire up your imagination and think of the possibilities for all the things you could make with these squares, too. Perhaps you’re planning on crocheting projects like placemats,pillows,afghans, and these squares would be ideal for those types of projects or just about anything else that can be made up of squares.
This particular square is a fantastic little filler that can be alternated with larger designs instead of using solid-colored squares. Check out an example in this Valentine’s Day themed afghan featuring a heart square:
If you want to crochet a blanket like this one, you can use free patterns to do it. Here are some links to the different patterns and design elements you need:
Just to give you even more inspiration, here’s a picture of another way I’ve used this particular design. In this blanket, the mini checkerboard is one of many other afghan squares. I call this the “Pattern Sampler Afghan”.
So there you have a couple of examples of ways this checkerboard square could be used in different crochet projects. What will you do with it? There are zillions more possibilities beyond just these…I hope you’ll have fun coming up with even more ideas.
Here’s a two-color crocheted afghan square featuring diagonal stripes as the primary design element. This afghan square is designed to match several other afghan squares which could be used together in the same project. I’ve crocheted a couple of different blankets using the squares in this series, and I have ideas for making zillions more of them. I invite you to consider the possibilities for all the things you could make with these squares, too. Just imagine all the ways you could use it if you want to crochet pillows,blankets, table runners or just about anything else!
This particular square could be used in so many different ways to create both symmetrical and asymmetrical designs. I would LOVE to try using it in a blanket that explores different ways to rotate and color this design to make chevrons and zigzags, for example.