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Crochet In Autumn

Fall is nearly upon us, can you believe it?! The Summer's heat has definitely got me ready for cool, crisp evenings, sweaters and hoodies and of course beautiful shades of red, yellow, green and brown! To help you get in the mood for Autumn, here are a few of my free crochet patterns!

Super easy double crochets and crochet arches in rows of brilliant color make a super easy throw or lap blanket! I really enjoyed making this blanket and might some day re-make it in a new, awesome palette!

Speaking of re-makes in new colors, remember my awesome Patriotic Placemats? Give them a try in Autumn colors! Especially for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday! I went with some soft browns and yellows with just a touch of deep red.

As a special for this blog post, I've decided to make a paid pattern of mine available for FREE!

Details: Measures 29" x 42" Multiples of 3 Gauge is 1" 
Materials: 4oz each of your favorite Fall colors! I used 5 different colors.
Ch 102 Row 1: dc in…

THT: My First Blog Post

Six years ago, tomorrow, I made my first blog post. 
I first learned how to crochet using some random colors of Red Heart Super Saver yarn, a 5mm Susan Bates hook and a DvD that today I don't recall the name of. I used my old laptop to watch this DvD; continually pausing, rewinding and replaying each segment, then sitting and just practicing and practicing and practicing. 
 At first, my stitches were so tight, I swear they were squeaking, but eventually, I did get better with stitch tension. I wasn't very good in the color-choice department back then either. The more I looked at other projects and how colors were chosen, the more I wanted to make my own palette.  I truly believe that the colors make the blanket. I have seen some blankets around the web, with what seemed like a fantastic stitch pattern, but the color choices just turned me off to the blanket entirely. There didn't seem to be any cohesion between the color layout and the stitch design.

My blog started out a…

Patriotic Place Mats

These place mats are so freaking easy and perfect to whip up! Decorate your table this Summer with colorful pride! Simple 3 double crochet clusters in a row is the stitch that makes these place mats.

I used Hobby Lobby 'I Love This Yarn' in Red, Royal and White. Then for the simple single crochet and double crochet border, I used 'Old Glory'. I think they turned out absolutely awesome!

These fantastic place mats will look good in any color combination you choose!

Finished Size: 12" x 18 1/2" (incl borders) Hook Size: H8/5mm Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn" works great! Gauge: one 3dc-cluster is just over 1/2 an inch
ch 60
1) sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch, repeat across
2) ch 3, turn, *3-dc-cluster in next ch1sp, ch 1, repeat across
3) ch 1, turn, sc in 1st ch1sp, *ch 1, sc in next ch1sp, repeat across
4) ch 3, turn, *3-dc-cluster in next ch1sp, ch 1, repeat across
Change color as you like, however be sure each color is a co…

Joyful Easter: A Lovey Crochet Blanket Pattern

This blanket of yummy Easter colors- purple, blue, pink and yellow- was inspired by the midwife blanket. I admire filet crochet and when I found this stitch I knew I wanted to make something that would POP!

The pattern is SUPER easy, very ideal for the beginner crocheter. It's a multiple of 14 plus 17. However, the way I worked mine up with an even amount of double crochets on the ends to make the filet repeats centered, may not be the way yours works up.

Hook: 5mm/H8 Multiples: 14 + 17 (with variant) My Finished Size: 30" x 36" Gauge: 4in Materials: One skein each of 4 colors of your choice. Special Stitches: V-stitch= [dc, ch 1, dc] all in same stitch                             Shell= [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] all in same stitch

ch 101 1) dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across
2) ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, *ch 2, sk next 3 dc, V-stitch in next dc, ch 2, sk next 3 dc, dc in each of next 7 dc, repeat from * across to last 10 sts- ch 2, sk next 3 dc, V-stitch…

My Own Four Corner Virus Poncho

I jumped on the bandwagon (late) and made a few Crochet Virus Shawls. I really enjoyed making them and the way the stitches worked up. It's like a new twist on a granny square! I had used Caron Simply Soft for the shawls because of how light and soft that yarn is.
Then I found a YouTube video on how to make a Virus Poncho - the Four Corner Virus Poncho by Joanna Martinez For my poncho, I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Medium Blue, Soft Blue and Greybeard.

I followed the video and wrote down every step (because it's easier for me to follow a written pattern). I enjoyed this so much that I'll be making more Four Corner Virus Ponchos as gifts for friends and family! I'm also considering hopping over to the "Messy Bun Hat" bandwagon and make one to match my poncho!

Christmas Crochet Hanging

Want something quick and easy to whip up for the holiday season? How about a crochet hanging for your door or wall?

I used the Corner To Corner crochet stitch to make my hanging. Most projects made with C2C are square. To make it a rectangle, simply decrease on only one side once you get to the width you'd like it to be. Continue to increase on the other side to make the project longer and then once you feel it's long enough, begin decreasing on that side too until it's complete.

I wanted to add many festive appliques to the hanging but I could not settle on a snowflake or santa face that I liked. I really looked and looked and I just didn't like any of them enough. So, I settled on a snowman.

With the hanging being in Christmas stripes, you can put whatever appliques you would like!


6oz each of red, green and white worsted weight yarn
5mm/H8 crochet hook

Finished piece measures whatever you prefer! Mine is 20" x 26". Stop by the Facebook group and…

Fingerless Crochet Gloves

A fun crochet accessory that many seem to really like are fingerless gloves. There are oodles and oodles of styles out there. Some are thick and warm while others are lacy and stylish. I decided to try out making a set of fingerless gloves and I chose the pattern Ribbed Crochet Wrist Warmers.

-Image courtesy of Artistic Antics
The gloves use a Front-Post and Back-Post double crochet stitch, which is a stepping stone to learning to do cable crochet. These gloves are made starting by making a loop, then crocheting around and around to the length desired. 

I used a bit thicker yarn than the pattern designer so mine turned out to be quite thick! I'm sure if I use a thinner weight yarn, like Caron Simply Soft, they would turn out thinner even with the Front Post and Back Post double crochets.

I then decided I would try my hand at making my OWN fingerless gloves crochet pattern! So I searched around at more photos online then settled upon making ones that are made length-wise.

While …